“Education Reform is on. Education Reform is underway and will benefit the children of Mexico be for the good of the whole country,” he said.
In the inaugural declaration of the 2015-2016 School Year , held at the José Vasconcelos Calderón Technical Fisheries High School No. 15, restored after it suffered damage from Hurricane Manuel, the president said: “Let this Education Reform be implemented in thousands of classrooms where today 26 million students are returning to school, and let this all be for the good of Mexico.”
He said that education reform, “Has been conceived and designed so that our children and young people receive better quality education; so that the children and youth of Mexico are better prepared, have more tools, more capacities and skills developed during their formative stage, enabling them to more successfully incorporated into the demands of tomorrow’s world.”
He said that among the reforms that have been implemented since the beginning of this administration, “Undoubtedly the most important, most fundamental and most significant one for the present, and especially for the future of our country is Education Reform.”
President Peña Nieto mentioned some of the public policy actions arising from Education Reform:
FIRST: We are devoting efforts stemming from Education Reform to achieve better schools.
He stressed that in this effort, there are two programs dedicated to the goal of having more appropriate educational spaces: the Education Reform Program, “Called precisely after the main reform, to fix schools and classrooms.”
Also underway is the Decent Schools Program, "aimed at dignifying spaces, improving the classrooms where our children are educated daily and providing schools, recreational areas and clean bathrooms, so that there will be spaces that will serve as a model and expression of what we want to achieve for our children: quality education and decent, quality spaces where our kids can learn,” he explained.
SECOND: “We have also devoted efforts to ensuring that more schools form part of the Full-Time Schools Program.” They are schools that have extended their timetables not only to study, but also to allow students to spend time on other cultural or recreational activities and possibly learn another language, take computer courses, have spaces for sport; and also eat there every day, “Thereby ensuring that they provide nutritious, timely meals for those who attend these schools. Today we have 23,000 full-time schools in the country.”
THIRD: Access to technology. “In the 21st century, we are at another stage of literacy that concerns the use of information technology, with access to the Internet. Today, it is not enough to be able to read and write. Nowadays, it is essential to have access to the universal knowledge that permits information technologies, which is why we started a program to give tablets to children in fifth and sixth grade.
“We have already delivered one million tablets that will undoubtedly facilitate the education and training of our children, and for the 2015-2016 school year, we will be delivering nearly 1.1 million tablets in 15 states.
FOURTH: It concerns the fact that our children will have better trained teachers, who will be able to transmit knowledge to our children more effectively. “Mexican teachers are key players in Education Reform. The success and scope of the Reform depends on them.”
President Peña Nieto thanked the teachers who have appropriated this reform, “Becoming involved in it, which will allow our children and youth to have higher quality education."
He noted that in Education Reform, parents, “Participate in the school community in a number of decisions implemented through the Reform, using the resources that have been allocated.” As a result, he explained, “They are no longer merely spectators of what happens at school.”
During the event, the president unveiled the plaque commemorating the reconstruction of the school and delivered free textbooks to the school’s first, second and third grade students.
Afterwards, he toured the labs, media room and classrooms, and spent time with students and teachers, who explained some of the progress they have achieved through the school’s new tools.
BY TAKING DECISIVE STEPS, THE COUNTRY’S EDUCATION SYSTEM IS EXPERIENCING AN UPWARD TREND IN ITS DYNAMIC HISTORY: EMILIO CHUAYFFET
Secretary of Education Emilio Chuayffet Chemo said that two years ago, the president urged Mexican society to renew the education system. “This process has taken decisive steps and is now experiencing an upward stage in its dynamic history,” he said.
He said that as a result of Education Reform, parents and authorities together decide the actions for each student to reach their maximum educational achievement. Through the school census, “We have a clearer idea of the needs of our students, teachers and schools.”
He declared that evaluation was consolidated as an exercise that permeates every aspect of the education system. In this respect, he said that the proof is that to date, almost half a million people have participated in the entrance and promotion exams. “This mosaic of actions is reflected in thousands of schools throughout the country,” he declared.
Secretary Chuayffet said that a new model of education is ready which will be applied as from the next school year.
He invited students at the “José Vasconcelos” high school to take advantage of all the tools offered by their school, rebuilt thanks to Education Reform Plan and the Nuevo Guerrero Plan, and to feel proud because they are the Education Reform generation.
TO BUILD HARMONY, PEACE AND GOVERNANCE, WE ARE BETTING ON CULTURE AND EDUCATION: GOVERNOR OF GUERRERO
Governor of Guerrero Rogelio Ortega Martínez said that in order to build harmony, peace, governance, to rebuild the social fabric, and proivde the development that Guerrero and Mexico need, President Peña Nieto is betting on culture and education.
He stressed that by working closely with local authorities and representatives of the Army and Navy, “We saved tourism in December and Easter” as well as special events such as the National Banking Convention and the Tianguis Turístico, working in harmony and peace.
He added that Guerrero’s teachers were evaluated: “Nine public teacher training colleges that were on strike returned to school and saved their year, and went to be assessed for promotion and re-admission as teachers,” he said.
SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT THANKS PRESIDENT EPN FOR ALLOWING CHILDREN TO HAVE A NEW SCHOOL
Zulma Torres Cortés, President of the School Board of Social Participation, speaking on behalf of the community of El Embarcadero, thanked President, Enrique Peña Nieto for the reconstruction of the middle school, carried out with federal resources, and asked him to, “Continue supporting these communities, which we so need.”
She highlighted the fact, “That you have done everything possible for our children to have a new school.”
She said that parents notice that the efforts made to send their children to school is not enough, because, she said, “We must be close to our children to ensure that they are educated and are good people.”
She explained that during the reconstruction of the middle school, the courtyard for civic ceremonies was roofed, the perimeter fence was restored, six mathematics labs were built, and it was equipped with educational materials, projectors, computers, screens and sports equipment.
She added that the school now has four classrooms, a science lab, a library, an equipped media room, two technology workshops, four dormitories with a capacity for one hundred students, an infirmary, bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, two multiple courts, an esplanade and administrative offices.