Liborio Vidal Aguilar, Secretary of Education of the Government of Yucatán (Segey), confirms that the free textbooks for elementary school level students in Yucatán are kept in storage, complying with the judiciary indication to suspend distribution.
Although he does not specify a date, he anticipates they are having a meeting next week with Leticia Ramírez Amaya, head of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) to analyze the issue and decide whether or not to distribute them. At the moment they are in a warehouse.
Leyla Gutiérrez Palma, coordinator of the Center for Educational Development (CEDE) in Tizimín, points out that so far, they have only received teaching materials for preschool students.
As for the free textbooks for elementary school students, they are awaiting Segey’s decision, since at CEDE they are only in charge of receiving and delivering the material to the directors according to their student register.
In this regard, Professor Francisco Loría Serrano, school supervisor of zone 102 of primary schools, shares that they received a message from their sector chief in which they were told not to distribute the books for the moment, until further notice.
If delivery is suspended for the next school year, one of the options is to use last year’s books.
For the time remaining for the start of the 2023-2024 school year, he warns that it is impossible to make the corrections that have been made on the books.
“I know that they have several errors, for example, the planets, Saturn and Pluto are in the same orbit. Another example, is the books say that Benito Juárez was born on March 18, when everybody knows that it is March 21. This happened because they did not involve qualified personnel in the subject to prepare the material and that is the result that the delivery of this material to the students is now at risk, but we hope that it can be solved”.
Last week, due to these and other errors, a federal judge gave a deadline for the review and redesign of the books, which includes stopping their distribution.