• He congratulated Mexico’s teachers on their dedication and vocation on their day; they have the mission to shape the society of tomorrow, he said.
  • Of these, over 10,000 were rated as excellent or outstanding, while their efforts earned them a direct basic salary increase, he added.
  • This year, the budget for teacher training amounts to more than a 1.8 billion pesos; it has increased ninefold over the past year, he said.
  • Through the Hundred Per Cent Schools Program, 50 billion pesos are already being invested to improve the quality of the infrastructure of 33,000 schools, he said.
  • The country’s teachers and their union were not wrong to support Education Reform: Juan Díaz de la Torre.

As he led the Teachers’ Day Celebration, President Enrique Peña Nieto declared that today, the government acknowledges teachers’ commitment and vocation in the service of educating and training.

He said that teachers, “Have the mission to shape tomorrow's society, but above all, to provide the children and youth of Mexico with the tools that will enable them to each attain a promising, encouraging future with a good quality of life. That mission depends on you.”

“I say this with conviction: if we positively transform the education our children receive, Mexico will have the opportunity to build a better future,” he declared.

He said that, “Just as in these exams, and just as students do tests to see how far they have advanced and how much they are assimilating the knowledge they are receiving, the whole country is being examined.”

 “The upcoming generations will determine whether we have performed our task, whether we made an effort and whether we were able to deliver a better education system than the one that existed at the start of this administration.”

He stressed that education reform requires commitment and determination from all of us and fully implementing it is one of society’s demands. It is mandated by the law and the government will continue to work to achieve this.”

The president said that thanks to teachers’ commitment, Mexico has a performance evaluation, a new model of professionalism that identifies teachers’ strengths and needs, and rewards their merit, effort and results.

He announced that during this 2015-2016 school year, 134,000 teachers have already been evaluated, representing nearly 90 percent of the target set for this school year.

"Of these, over 10,000 were rated excellent or outstanding. Their efforts earned them a 24% cent basic salary increase for teachers in secondary education and a 35 percent Increase teachers in basic education,” which is, “One of the palpable, direct, tangible benefits that Education Reform provides Mexico’s teachers,” he declared.

He explained that on the basis of the  results of the Performance Evaluation, personalized training will also be provided for teachers who so require, including face-to-face and on-line teaching support.

He added that through the SEP-ISSSTE agreement, the dedication of these same teachers will be rewarded with preferential access to housing and personal loans.

The president declared that this year, the budget for teacher training amounts to more than 1.8 billion pesos; in other words, it has increased ninefold over last year.

In addition, autonomous management is being strengthened for each school community as teachers, administrators and parents decide what best suits their school, jointly deciding on the fate of the funds received, and adjusting the school calendar according to their needs, he added.

He explained that through the Hundred Per Cent Schools Program, 50 billion pesos are already being invested to improve the quality of the infrastructure of 33,000 schools from now until the conclusion of his administration in 2018.

He added that, “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.”

 “In short, we can say that we are reorganizing the entire national education system so that it is at the service of schools and students, in order to have more, better trained teachers, more autonomous school management, decent educational infrastructure and study programs able to meet the challenges and demands of the times we live in,” he said.

President Peña Nieto declared: “This May 15, we can proudly say that Mexico’s teachers are fully assuming the challenge to transform the 21st century. They proved this by participating in the performance assessment, which represents an unprecedented step to strengthen the teaching profession. This watershed makes Teacher’s Day 2016 a very special celebration. I would like to thank all the teachers who are fulfilling this new responsibility.”

He also thanked the National Union of Education Workers and its leader for their great willingness and openness to achieve the single wage bargaining between teachers and the Ministry of Education yesterday.

He repeated that, “Teachers are fully aware of the challenges faced by the state today in a volatile, complex global setting, especially in the financial environment.”

“We can say today that by working together, we are breaking down the barriers that limited national development, and we are building new foundations in line with the expectations of our society.” He repeated his congratulations to Mexico’s teachers, “On assuming the responsibility for the training and education of our children and shaping the society of the Mexico of tomorrow.”

At the event, held in the Adolfo López Mateos Hall of the official residence of Los Pinos, the president issued a postage stamp commemorating Teacher’s Day, and presented the “Maestro Altamirano” award to the following teachers: María de los Angeles Rodríguez Rivero, Juan Elizarrarás Vargas and Pedro García Gaytán.

He also presented awards to María Nadia Espinosa Rosales, Lucero Navarrete Ordoñez, Daniel Nigoa León and Javier Rodríguez Ledesma for their outstanding performance in the teachers’ evaluation.


Aurelio Nuño Mayer, Minister of Public Education, thanked the teachers who have chosen education as their vocation. He said that most of them, “Have indeed understood the new times and the need to change, the need to evolve and walk together to bring about the great transformation involved in Education Reform.”

He explained that when he was appointed Minister of Public Education, the president instructed him to, “Go to schools, tour the country and visit its schools to get to know each of them personally, to meet and converse with Mexico’s teachers and teachers, and see first-hand what they need in their schools.

As a result, he said, that in his case, “These are the teachers I see, Mr. President, committed teachers, from whom I have learned that being a teacher is not just having a job.” Being a teacher, he added, “is truly a life vocation.”

Therefore, he said, “We are very proud to acknowledge teachers who with that passion, have devoted their entire lives to the education of our children, for forty or fifty years.”


Juan Díaz de la Torre, President of the General Council of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), stated that, “The country’s teachers and their union were not wrong when they decided to support Education Reform with all their energy and moral force, convinced it is possible to raise the quality of education while at the same time, defending and ensuring the observance of teachers’ rights and achieving new goals in the labor sphere.”

He added that they decided to do so, “In the conviction that it was essential for the country and to honor the best of the history of Mexico’s teachers, to serve Mexico and its people, by fighting to strengthen public education.”

He stated: “We knew that in order to meet these challenges, it was essential to promote a new stage of transformation of our own union, in keeping with the transformation of the country and the education system. Today we are also advancing these objectives; the reform is underway and has achieved increasingly obvious results, not only in evaluation.”

He noted that teachers formed part of the national efforts at modernization of the 20th century and have played a key role in the changes in education in the past 15 years. “Today, they continue to participate to implement what is undoubtedly the most ambitious Education Reform adopted in all this time to improve the quality of education and thus respond to the challenges of globalization, which the era of knowledge and economic competitiveness has set our country.”


Javier Rodríguez Ledesma, a teacher who was recognized for his outstanding performance evaluation, said that teachers are, “Convinced that a better society is possible for everyone because educating for life is our work, and our reason for being are the children and young people of today, since they will be the adults of tomorrow.”

He said today's students, “Will lead our nation,” which is why it is necessary to give them, “The tools, knowledge and all the technological resources that will contribute to the expectations now demanded by international organizations.”

“At this historical moment when education reform is a reality, it is worth identifying the role we have been playing and the role we should assume,” because,  “Tomorrow’s children and youth will judge the decisions taken today.”


María de los Angeles Rodríguez Rivera, the recipient of the Maestro Altamirano Award,  thanked the president, “For making education one of the highest priorities of his government.”

She expressed her gratitude for the distinction received from the president, because it acknowledges the shared efforts of, “More than a million colleagues who every day, perform a task of hope, by conjugating that most sublime of all verbs: educate.”

The winner said that Mexico’s teachers, “Are and will be committed to quality education with equity in their everyday work.”

The majority of us are committed to the fulfillment of an obligation legally assumed by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, who seeks peace, everyday safety and the development of the Mexican people,” declared Rodríguez Rivera.