President Enrique Peña Nieto participated in the discussion by Heads of State and Government in the 11th Ibero-American Business Congress.
Together with the presidents of Colombia, Chile, Peru and Portugal, President Peña Nieto said that Education Reform has not been entirely free of resistance.
The Mexican president outlined three basic components of Education Reform in the country:
FIRST: Ensure that there are better trained teachers with an opportunity to grow professionally. Today in Mexico, any professional who wishes to be a teacher can do so by accrediting knowledge and passing assessment tests.
In 2016, 500,000 teachers and professionals sat entrance examinations for the teaching profession, approximately half of whom were admitted.
SECOND: Strengthen educational infrastructure. From now until 2018 over $8.5 billion USD will be invested in creating new infrastructure and above all improving existing infrastructure in 35,000 schools.
THIRD: Teaching content. Mexico is now moving from what was basically a rote learning model to teaching the new generations to learn to learn.
“In this mobility, in today’s rapidly changing world involving the use of new technologies and other areas, we must teach the new generations to update their knowledge, and that's the model we are promoting: to teach them to learn to learn,” EPN.