MÉRIDA – Indigenous Education teachers demonstrated at the doors of the State Congress to protest against the bill to transfer the General Directorate of Indigenous Education to the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI).
The demonstrators, who began to arrive at the Legislative headquarters at 9:00 a.m., pointed out that the federal government’s proposal would affect them economically and in terms of labor.
With placards in hand and loudly, they expressed their disagreement with the incorporation of the INPI and asked for the creation of the Undersecretary of Indigenous Education.
Teachers of Indigenous Education do not want to be part of the INPI.
“No to the INPI, no to the INPI. We have to be respected, comrades. We have rights and those rights should not be trampled on,” said teacher Elena Gómez.
For her part, teacher Sandra Pacheco Itzá explained the current situation of indigenous teachers and what the situation would be if they become part of the INPI.
“Our employer is the SEP, they have always told us that in schools. We are a part of the SEP,” he said.
“How do they want to minimize us? We would be left in the tail end of the tail end, we would be left as an administrative unit of a parastatal organism.”
Indigenous Education teachers announce protests in Merida and Valladolid.
“What does this mean? That this organization called INPI is only a servant that provides services to the Secretary of Culture”, he pointed out.
The protesters were met by Congressman Crescencio Gutiérrez, president of the Education Commission of the State Congress, who, according to the protesters, agrees with their demands.
As part of their struggle, the teachers have scheduled rallies for next Monday in front of the Government Palace and in front of the municipal palace of Valladolid.