• We know that Education Reform has faced some resistance, but for the welfare of children and youth in Mexico, there will be no resistance to stop us from making it happen, he said.
• He thanked the country’s governors for making a common front, together with the government, to ensure the proper implementation of education reform throughout the country.
• On the contrary, it is made to support, train and encourage teachers, so they can earn more and have greater growth opportunities within the teachers' hierarchy, he said.
• The president announced the launch of the Certificates for National Educational Infrastructure, CIEN. This is a financial instrument which will provide approximately 50 billion additional pesos to meet the needs of educational infrastructure over the next three years.
• Participated in the meeting on Education of the National Governors’ Conference.
Noting that the country needs the children and young people of Mexico to have a quality education that will prepare them and enable them to be able to cope with the challenges of tomorrow, President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that, “Implementing Education Reform is not only a legal obligation, it is above all a moral imperative.”
As he participated in the National Governors’ Conference (CONAGO)’s meeting on Education, the president congratulated state leaders on making a united front, together with the government, to ensure proper implementation of Education Reform throughout the country, and adhere to the financial mechanism, “To allow additional resources to be devoted particularly to schools, and ensure decent spaces for Mexican children and youth to receive quality education.”
• “We know that Education Reform has faced some resistance, but for the welfare of children and youth in Mexico, there will be no resistance to stop us from making it happen,” he said.
Education Reform has made education a central issue for the Mexican state, in which all branches and levels of government are involved to make it happen, he said.
He said that in this reform, “Congress has been a key player, having approved and enhanced the initiatives submitted in order to achieve Education Reform. Similarly, the Supreme Court of Justice has been involved through various resolutions that provide legal certainty to what our Constitution mandates, and establish firm measures to ensure that education reform is implemented throughout the country”.
Now, he said, “It is up to the government and the governments of the various states to take responsibility, as has been happening already, to ensure that this reform is fully implemented.”
The president said that it is important for the country’s teachers to realize that Education Reform, “Is not designed to sanction or punish anyone.”
Instead, he said, “It is designed to support, train and encourage teachers. It was designed to enable Mexico’s teachers to earn more, and have a better income on their own merits, to be able to stand out within the profession as teachers with better training and better preparation, which will provide them with a better income and greater opportunities for growth within teaching.”
He said that the performance evaluation to be held in November this year will provide significant benefits:
FIRST: "Nobody will lose their jobs because of the outcome of this assessment. If they fail to achieve the 'sufficient' level, they receive support in mentoring and further training so that they can be re-assessed.”
SECOND:"Those who achieve a minimum level of 'sufficient', will obtain four-year tenure and tools for their professional development.
THIRD: “Those who achieve a good level will also be given promotion in the form of more hours.”
FOURTH:"Those ranked as outstanding, will have a salary increase of up to 35 per cent.”
FIFTH:"Middle school teachers graded as 'excellent' level will be promoted within the same function or may be upgraded, in other words stay in the same function but with a new position that allows them to earn more.”
SIXTH:"Those who teach in high-poverty rural areas and achieve 'good' or higher will receive a salary increase of up to 41 percent.
"As you can see, there are several very positive benefits teachers will obtain through education reform,” he said.
President Peña Nieto also recalled that the reform called for an Education Census. The results of this exercise, conducted by the INEGI, note that, “11 percent of the country’s schools do not have toilets. In the states of Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, this figure can reach 30 percent.”
He noted that, “There are schools where children take classes virtually in the open, or lack basics such as blackboards and desks. This is a situation that must change; every student deserves a dignified, decent school, where he or she will receive the quality education we have set out to achieve and obtain for the new generations.”
The president recalled that during his Third State of the Union address, he announced that the largest renovation of educational infrastructure in recent decades will be undertaken. "We must strengthen the state’s financial and budgetary capacities. Only then will we be able to have the nationwide educational facilities our children our deserve,” he explained.
To that end, he added, “Today we are moving forward to realize this initiative, launching Certificates for National Education Infrastructure, the CIEN, which are an important step on the road to having 100 schools.”
He explained that, “This is a financial instrument that will provide approximately 50 billion additional pesos to meet the needs of educational infrastructure over the next three years. It is estimated that these funds will benefit 5.6 million students, 1.9 million of whom are young students from indigenous areas.”
With these certificates, he said, "Mexico will leverage the confidence it inspires among financial markets in a global, volatile world, to raise funds and launch the largest program for the renovation and improvement of schools promoted in our country in recent history.”
He added that total is expected to support the infrastructure of more than 30,000 schools in over two thousand municipalities. In addition, he said, “The government will work with local governments to ensure that resources are assigned to the schools that need it most.”
To this end, he said he has instructed the Minister of Education to ensure that, on the basis of society’s participation, this unit will establish mechanisms to ensure effective, transparent and measurable management of these resources.
The president also welcomed, “The agreement taken within the CONAGO, together with the country’s education authority, to create five regions throughout the country, which will make it possible to focus efforts, have constant evaluation and oversee the pledge made today.”
CONAGO’S SUPPORT MAKES EDUCATION REFORM A NATIONAL PRIORITY: AURELIO NUÑO
Secretary of Public Education Aurelio Nuño Mayer highlighted CONAGO’s approval of the proposal to divide the country into five educational regions, for which he thanked the governors of the states for endorsing their commitment to education and making it a national priority.
He explained that the country has been divided into the following five educational regions: The South-Southeast area, comprising the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz and Yucatán.
The center, comprising the Federal District, Mexico State, Hidalgo, Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala.
The West Zone, comprising Aguascalientes, Colima, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Querétaro and Zacatecas.
The Northeast zone, comprising Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosí and Tamaulipas.
And the Northwest, comprising Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Sonora.
Nuño Mayer said that it was agreed to hold quarterly meetings with the participation of the governors and their partners in education, with the core team of the Ministry of Education. He detailed the seven priority issues on the agenda, in keeping with the president’s instructions:
First: The strengthening of schools.
Second: Infrastructure, equipment and materials.
Third: Teachers’ professional development.
Fourth: The review of syllabuses and curriculums..
Fifth: Equity and inclusion.
Sixth: Links between education and the labor market.
Seventh: The administrative transformation of both the Secretariat and the education sector.
The Education Minister said that the previous meeting, when it was voted to divide the country into five educational regions, was a, “Historic meeting because of the value placed on education, and the priority it has been given by the governors.”
He added that as a result of the creation of these five regions, and the Certificates of Educational Infrastructure, “We can advance Education Reform very quickly,” which is, as President Peña Nieto has note, “an absolute national priority.”
WE CLOSED RANKS AROUND PRESIDENT EPN’S LEADERSHIP, FOR EDUCATIONAL REFORM TO CONTINUE YIELDING RESULTS: ERUVIEL ÁVILA
Eruviel Ávila, Governor of the State of Mexico and President of CONAGO, told President Enrique Peña Nieto that state leaders, “Have decided to close ranks around his leadership so that Education Reform continues to achieve results.”
He added: "Today, more than ever, we are all united and fighting for the strict application of the law.”
He announced that the governors agreed on a statement on education issues, which includes the following points:
“First. We have spoken in favor of the Education Reform proposed by Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, Constitutional President of Mexico, which was approved by the Permanent Constitution.
“Second. The governors are committed to strengthening all the mechanisms for its full implementation in each of our states, without exception.
“Third. We express our agreement, our appreciation to the regionalization scheme, which will make it possible to implement education reform more efficiently and we also significantly appreciate the importance of strengthening the educational infrastructure in the country through the National Education infrastructure Certificates.”
EDUCATION REFORM IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE REFORMS UNDERTAKEN DURING THIS PERIOD: GRACO RAMÍREZ
Governor of the State of Morelos and Coordinator of the CONAGO Commission for Education, Culture and Sports Graco Ramírez Garrido Abreu welcomed the creation of the Certificates for School Infrastructure, which, “Will enable us to double investment and have quality schools.”
He acknowledged the creation of five regions to coordinate the issue of education. He said that, “Coincidentally, they are the security areas, which have been successful in this country, and it is good that it is associated with security, better living conditions in this country, and the issue of education." “It’s good that each governor is now personally in charge of the task of education in their states,” he added.
After ensuring that the decision to form these coordinating offices is essential and “a truly historical initiative,” he noted the agreement within CONAGO that, “Education reform is the most important of the reforms to have been implemented during this period in the country.”
EDUCATION REFORM IS ADVANCING AND WILL NOT STOP: GABINO CUÉ
Governor of Oaxaca Gabino Cué Monteagudo said that, “Education Reform is advancing in the country and will not stop, because the new times in Mexico, the rule of law and society’s aspirations, challenge us to make education, as the great Juárez said, the sacred principle on which the freedom and greatness of the people rests.”
He said that the reform will project, “A new era of quality education, which will be trigger Mexico's development.”
He noted that the major challenges of quality education, “Urge us to work on one front, allowing us to improve school infrastructure and the school infrastructure where Mexico’s children study.”
He said that the governors confirm their unwavering commitment to work in favor of public education, because in doing so, he said, “We are working for the present and the future of children and youth in Mexico and, above all, working in unity for the best cause of the Republic.”
He said that, “Beyond ideologies, party lines or professional interests, children’s education and the nation demand that we work together.”
EDUCATION IS THE BEST INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE: MORENO VALLE
Rafael Moreno Valle, Governor of Puebla, said that education is the best investment in the future. He said that by promoting a sweeping education reform, supported by the various political forces, President Enrique Pena Nieto, "”Invites us all to ensure quality education for all Mexicans.”
“I am pleased to note that, regardless of ideological or party differences, today we are making a common cause with education. He considered that this is an historic day, “Because this agreement will allow us to access resources that will enable us to improve schools.”
He added that, “The firmness with which the government and state governments are assuming this commitment, is key to the message for society, which is expecting us to give its sons and daughters the tools to compete successfully in a globalized world with a technological revolution.
THE COUNTRY’S GOVERNORS EXPRESS STATEMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY ON EDUCATION: ZAPATA BELLO
Rolando Zapata Bello, Governor of Yucatán, said that the presence of President Enrique Peña Nieto in CONAGO's Themed Plenary leaves a very clear testimonial, with a great message to the nation, that education is a high priority among the country’s major priorities.
He said that the signing of the cooperation agreement, “Symbolizes joint efforts, the great agreement between the government and the states to advance together towards the vision of a quality education and equal education for all our country.”
“The country’s governors issue a declaration of national unity around education, our government and its educational policies, to ensure that quality, equitable education is the great platform for the development and greatness of our nation,” he declared.