President Enrique Peña Nieto led the Teachers’ Day Celebration at the official residence of Los Pinos, congratulating all teachers on their day.
Quality education is one of the fundamental rights every nation must guarantee its children and youth; it is the best basis for achieving the inclusion, equity and prosperity demanded by today's societies.
As never before in history, humanity now possesses the knowledge, technologies and tools needed to design and build a better world for everyone.
These times require teachers to have new skills and abilities to promote the creative spirit, confidence and curiosity of their students; to stimulate critical thinking and prepare them for an increasingly complex, dynamic, competitive and challenging world.
”On this May 15, we can proudly say that teachers in Mexico are fully assuming the challenge to transform the XXI Century. This was demonstrated by their participation in the performance assessment, which represents an unprecedented step towards strengthening the teaching profession.”
It is a turning point that makes Teacher's Day 2016 a very special celebration.
Recognition of SNTE
The willingness and support of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), whose leaders have behaved with respect and above all, enormous commitment and always thinking of a better future for Mexico, have been instrumental in advancing the goals of education reform.
The president noted that yesterday, a single wage negotiation was achieved.
“We can now say that by working together, we are breaking down the barriers that limited national development and we are building a new foundation in line with the expectations of our society. By this, I mean an increasingly informed, participatory society where parents want their children, regardless of where they live or study, to receive a quality education.”
Education Reform - Benefits for Teachers
- During this 2015-2016 school year, 134,000 teachers have already been evaluated, representing nearly 90% of the goal set.
- Over 10,000 were rated “excellent” or “outstanding”. Their efforts earned them a direct basic salary increase of 24% for teachers in high school education and 35% for those in basic education. 24% for teachers in upper secondary education and 35% for basic education.
- Additionally, through the SEP-ISSSTE agreement, the dedication of these same teachers will be rewarded with preferential access to housing and personal loans.
- Personalized training will also be provided for teachers who so require, including face-to-face and on-line teaching support.
- This year, the teacher training budget stands at over 1.8 billion pesos, a 9% increase over last year.
- The autonomous management of each school community is being strengthened so that teachers, administrators and parents can decide what best suits their school; determine how to allocated the funds their schools receive and adjust the School Calendar to suit their needs.
- Efforts are being made to ensure that schools across the country have appropriate infrastructure, equipment and educational materials.
- Through the Hundred Per Cent Schools Program, 50 billion pesos are being invested to improve more than 33,000 schools by 2018.
- In the coming weeks, the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) will present new plans and curricula to adjust to the new professional and teaching requirements of our time.
“We are all being examined. Future generations will determine whether we fulfilled our task; whether we worked hard and were able to deliver a better education system than that we had when we began:”