The Mexican government suspended indefinitely its planned teacher evaluations that were a cornerstone of the country’s education overhaul, in a decision ahead of midterm elections that dissident teacher groups threatened to boycott.
The evaluations for teachers had been scheduled for coming months.
The Education Ministry didn’t explain its reasons for suspending the tests, except to say in a statement that there were “new elements to be considered.”
The education reform was the first of a series of legal changes pushed through Congress by the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto, and so far the one that has faced the toughest opposition.
Financial Times – In Mexico’s rigid social hierarchy, holders of bachelors’ degrees revel in the deference the title licenciado bestows. However, the skills the country needs to attack its stagnant productivity are largely the ones that come from unsexy — and thus unpopular — vocational courses.
It is time for an image overhaul, believes Dieter Holtz, president of Laureate Education in Mexico.