The education-sector overhaul includes the creation of a new, federal Institute of Evaluation, which will prepare the exams and evaluate the performance of teachers at least once over a four-year period. The first round of exams is expected in July of next year.
The reforms also seek to curb the power of unions. In some states, sections of the union decide who is hired and fired, and some teaching positions are essentially granted for life, and can be passed on to relatives or even sold.
Lauren Villagran at the Christian Science Monitor analyzes the bundle of reforms Peña Nieto is after:
Mexico’s Peña Nieto scores early political wins – but can he sustain support?
President Peña Nieto said Mexico’s made big progress on education and telecom reform. But observers say the real hurdles lie ahead.
An education reform and another that would increase competition in the telecommunications industry, which is heavily dominated by a single company, have won legislative approval. And progress has been made on others, including one reform that would bolster access to credit by small businesses. But observers say some of the most contentious challenges lie ahead, especially energy and tax reform.
The teachers were protesting yesterday (video below the fold),
Teachers block approach to Mexico City airport. Worsening gridlock in Mexico City won’t make them any more popular.
Read the CSM report.