Category Archives: Education

UC schools, Mexico to collaborate on energy research

LAT – Mexican officials have announced $10 million in new funding to support binational research projects on energy efficiency with the University of California. The money, announced after Mexican energy officials met with UC President Janet Napolitano, will go to projects led by Mexican research institutions in collaboration with UC researchers.

Mexico prepares for an influx of students from U.S.

San Diego U-T – While President Trump has not yet moved to deport students who are unauthorized immigrants, Mexican education officials already are preparing for it. “We don’t know how many may come,” Rodrigo Guerra-Botrello, the second secretary general the Mexican Federation of Private Institutions of Higher Education, said about a possible influx of students from the north.

The power of early education in Mexico

Al Jazeera – According to the OECD, Mexico is the country in the organisation with the third-largest number of young people who do not study nor work. Eight out of 100 Mexican children who enroll in elementary school do not show up for classes. While barely 50 complete middle school, only 20 graduate from high school, and only two become graduate students. Mexico spends only 3.7 percent of its GDP on schools – the result is a very traditional system and falling standards.

Teachers end blockade of freight rail lines

EFE – Members of the militant CNTE teachers’ union have ended their week-long blockade of the freight rail network in the western Mexican state of Michoacan The educators ended their shutdown of the rail network operated by Kansas City Southern de Mexico after resuming talks with the Government Secretariat.

Mexico offers to negotiate with striking teachers

EFE – Mexico’s No. 2 official said the government had resumed talks with the militant CNTE teachers union and proposed negotiations on the country’s current educational model. Miguel Angel Osorio Chang said that in recent days the government had responded to the CNTE’s roadblocks and other protest measures by both seeking to defuse the situation and ensure the right to demonstrate while also safeguarding the rights of all Mexicans. He said that approach had led to the resumption of dialogue.

Clashes draw support for teachers protest in Oaxaca

Mexican federal police clashed with teachers protesting an education overhaul and the arrest of two of their leaders in Oaxaca on June 19. (Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
Mexican federal police clashed with teachers protesting an education overhaul and the arrest of two of their leaders in Oaxaca on June 19. (Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

By Azam Ahmed and Kirk Semple / New York Times

The battle over education in Mexico has suddenly turned literal.

Violent protests have claimed the lives of at least nine people in little more than a week, littered the roads with the charred remains of cargo trucks, and tapped a deep vein of anger and mistrust toward the government.

After government forces clashed with demonstrators in the town of Nochixtlán last week, the protest movement appears to have gained steam, plunging President Enrique Peña Nieto’s signature education changes deeper into controversy.

In recent days, thousands of students in Oaxaca have joined their teachers in the streets for the first time to rail against the government, and many adults once ambivalent about the teachers’ cries of injustice have also taken up the cause.

The violence touched a raw nerve in Oaxaca, which, despite a thriving tourism industry, is one of the poorest and most volatile states in the country. The government’s response to the protests has amplified a belief that the education reforms are just the latest effort by Mexico City to marginalize the people here and deprive them of their rights and dignity.

In most of the country, the president’s push to revamp the schools has found broad acceptance. Government officials and supporters of the overhaul point out that the resistance has been almost entirely concentrated in four southern states, especially Oaxaca, and involves only a small fraction of the nation’s education employees.

It has long been one of the worst-performing public education systems of the world’s largest economic powers. According to a January 2015 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mexico’s academic achievement ranked last among the group’s 34 member states.

Mexico says will use force with striking teachers

TeleSur – Teachers from the CNTE union have pledged to increase their protest actions after the government arrested several of their leaders. Renato Sales Heredia, national security commissioner, stated that the government will use force to repress mobilizations by striking teachers and their sympathizers.

OECD says 465,000 Mexican students had poor performance

Noticias MVS – In 2012, about 50 percent of students in Mexico showed a poor performance in subjects such as math, reading and science, which means that at least 456,000 students have low education, stressed the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).!/noticias/durante-2012-mas-de-456-mil-alumnos-tuvieron-bajo-rendimiento-escolar-en-mexico-ocde-424

Mexico spends less on education than other OECD countries

Mexico ranks last among per capita last in annual spending per student among OECD countries. (Reuters)
Mexico ranks last among per capita last in annual spending per student among OECD countries. (Reuters)


The Mexican government ranks last in annual spending per student among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, according to a new report made public on Tuesday.

The OECD report, “Education at a Glance 2015,” also revealed that Mexico spends less then $4,000 per student compared to the OECD average of around $10,000.

The findings come despite seeing an increase in investment towards education as a percentage of the country’s GDP, which rose from 4.4 percent in 2000 to 5.2 percent in 2012.

The OECD survey went on to warn that inequalities in education produce serious consequences as on economic and social inequalities due to “its strong links to employment, earnings, overall wealth and the well-being of individuals.”

BBVA and BofA to underwrite Mexico school bonds

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Bank of America will serve as the underwriters for Mexico’s education infrastructure bonds, as President Enrique Pena Nieto targets raising 50 billion pesos ($3 billion) through 2018 to improve underdeveloped or crumbling schools, largely in the poorer south.