Back to school with no guarantees

Fernando Alcázar / Mexicanos Primero / Opinión El Heraldo de México
Fernando Alcazar / Mexicans First / Opinion The Herald of Mexico

Exactly a year ago, a full-time return to classes for the 2021-2022 academic cycle took place. The pandemic has been a part of our lives for over a year, we have been in the early stages of a vaccination campaign and some changes have begun to take place that have allowed us to come out of confinement and resume our lives. However, school premises and classrooms were not ready to receive children and adolescents (NHA). We blindly focused on the impact this period had on the NNA, in particular on academic backwardness, school dropout, and the impact on socio-emotional health. Yesterday, a year after that face-to-face return, NNA began the 2022-23 school year under much the same conditions.

First, the federal government still does not take responsibility for safety and hygiene in school communities. The supply of contagion prevention supplies continues without a single response from the authorities, and in many cases it is the families who have to provide their daughters and sons with face masks in addition to the list of supplies. antibacterial gel. Even mothers and fathers have supported schools in acquiring disinfectants, thermometers, etc. Also, incredibly, we still do not have a mandatory classroom health protocol that lets schools know what to do in case of an emergency due to infection . And all this without taking into account the fact that most children who return to school do not have a full vaccination schedule.

Unfortunately, the devastating effects of imprisonment in the NPA were not identified, much less visited. We do not have a lagging diagnosis that exists in NNA; We don’t know how many of them left or what we’re going to do to get them back; and we don’t even have a rough idea of ​​their social-emotional health. The available information has been collected by civil society organizations such as Mexicanos Primero, international organizations and academic institutions. There are no official numbers.

As if that weren’t enough, this return to work is complemented by the pilot phase of new plans and curricula for basic education and the replacement of the head of the Ministry of Public Education. The teachers had a month to prepare for the school year, they had practically no rest, and on top of that, some of them will have this piloting. All of them will be trained so that during the year the new Plan for the first generations of pre-school, primary and secondary school education will be implemented. Not only will the decrease in the administrative burden required over the years not only not happen, but, on the contrary, it will increase.

Given the circumstances, it seems that we are still just emerging from the quarantine caused by the pandemic. Those who suffer from the negligence of the authorities are NPA, in addition to teachers. Worst of all, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a change of course with a new secretary who represents the same thing. Let’s hope that in a year it won’t feel like time has passed.


Source: Heraldo De Mexico


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