The Secretary of Public Education (SEP), Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, assured that a safe and prudent return to the classroom is prepared “without hesitation or risk”, that provides certainty instead of uncertainty and instability as has happened in other countries.
“A safe and prudent return to the classroom is prepared, without hesitation or risk, that provides certainty instead of uncertainty and instability, as has happened in other countries, before an unpredictable virus “, assured the head of the SEP, Esteban Moctezuma, through a statement.
Mexico does not have face-to-face classes since March 23, when the National Healthy Distance Day began due to the covid-19 pandemic, which accumulates more than 1.44 million cases in the country and almost 127 thousand deaths.
When announcing the evaluation results of the Survey on Learning at Home II, the official said that educational decisions in the “New Mexican School” They are the product of agreements between authorities, teachers and educational agents.
“Within the New Mexican School, impositions and occurrences do not fit in the horizontal exercise of public education,” acknowledged Moctezuma.
The survey showed that 94 percent of teachers qualified as “positive and unquestionable” that the SEP has started the 2020-2021 school year with the distance education system Aprende en Casa II and more than 90 percent described as “correct the decision” to broadcast, in general, the classes on television, while 70 percent preferred radio, specifically in more remote contexts.
Furthermore, cell phones are seen as having the potential to serve distance education, as long as strategies are considered focused on the characteristics of these devices.
Teachers endorse Learn at Home II
The results of the survey are released after the middle of the current school year 2020-2021, in which almost 300 thousand basic education teachers from all over the country participated virtually, among them directors, supervisors and pedagogical technical advisers, which represented 25 percent of the total census of 1.2 million.
The teachers surveyed indicated that Aprende en Casa II is widely accepted and is a highly rated program as didactic support outside the classroom, in which more than 80 percent of its students attend their virtual classes three times or more a week.
While 88 percent of the teachers approved the educational television and radio programs with a rating higher than 8. 80 percent highlighted the participation of teachers in radio and television broadcasts.
29 percent of those surveyed suggested “not changing anything to broadcasts”, except adjusting some schedules, since the didactics and the topics were correct, besides that more challenging activities can be generated for the student.
Half of the teachers considered that the strategy maintained the progress of learning in this second part of Aprende en Casa.
The teachers also assumed that the contingency generated a broad commitment from families to their children’s learning, where it is the mothers who accompany them the most, as revealed by more than 80 percent of those consulted.
Communication between parents and teachers is high, it was manifested by 68 percent of the teachers’ responses, who also assured that parents communicate more than three times a week with their children’s teachers, according to 80 percent of the questionnaires.
The School Technical Council (CTE) was rated well by 65 percent of teachers, who highlighted their role and the guides that were issued to accompany them in the learning process.
This survey, recalled the SEP, was carried out in response to the agreements issued by the National Council of Educational Authorities (Conaedu), it was also carried out with children and adolescents, as well as with parents, since It is part of a monitoring and evaluation that the agency applies to verify compliance with the goals of the programs and substantive educational actions, without this representing an administrative burden or additional work for the teacher and the student.
Unesco and OECD recognize Mexico for avoiding paralysis of the educational system
Meanwhile, the undersecretary of Basic Education, Marcos Bucio Mújica, explained that the Aprende en Casa II program requires systematic feedback based on student performance, in order to make timely decisions in the face of diagnosed needs, to modify and strengthen the conditions of the teaching-learning process, as well as the proper and efficient use of technology in public education.
In this way, said the SEP, Aprende en Casa II was consolidated as the main strategy to give continuity to education in cases of emergency that, together with the local strategies of teachers, offers possibilities to provide this educational service in its remote and hybrid modalities.
The agency presumed that Learn at Home responded quickly to the health emergency of covid-19 that surprised the planet, saving the National Educational System from paralysis, which gave Mexico the recognition of international organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
On January 11, around 25 million basic education students will resume the remote school cycle, in the face of the health emergency caused by covid-19.