More than 270 thousand students dropped out of school due to COVID-19: Delfina Gómez

(Photo: Twitter/SEP_mx)

The third and fourth waves of COVID-19 infections have not only brought thousands of painful deaths in the country, but also a high rate of school dropouts. The head of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), Delfina Gómez Álvarez, said this Saturday that nearly 270,000 basic-level students have been detected who have left the classroom.

During the last work table of the plenary meeting of Morena in the Senate of the Republic, “La Maestra” assured that school dropout is one of the main problems to be solved for the federal government, for which they are preparing plans so that The students return to their classes despite the fact that the health crisis continues to affect the educational system.

“Enrollment in primary school presented a school dropout of 97 thousand students, which represents 0.7% of the total population and for this we are working on some actions in order to favor the transition from primary to secondary. Among which we have within the plans and programs to recognize which are the fundamental contents to work on them”

(Photo: Twitter/SEP_mx)
(Photo: Twitter/SEP_mx)

As for high school, the official said that there was a total of 173 thousand students who left the classrooms; that is, 2.7% of the total enrollment.

Derived from the above, he mentioned that through a diagnosis it was also detected that the main problems in the transition from middle school to high school were accumulated academic deficit, lack of support and socio-emotional skills, lack of economic resources, lack of vocational guidance and insufficient information. .

For this reason, between February and March of this year, another diagnostic evaluation will be carried out to compare the results of 2021 and see which contents are still low and which could be reinforced during these months.

The gradual return to face-to-face activities in the Telesecundaria of the Jardín de la Montaña subdivision of Morelia, Michoacán (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
The gradual return to face-to-face activities in the Telesecundaria of the Jardín de la Montaña subdivision of Morelia, Michoacán (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Regarding the tools that the SEP will apply to help children and young people, Gómez Álvarez pointed out that there will be educational support material, academic reinforcement, granting of scholarships and dissemination of educational offers.

Finally, he added that the SEP is also seeking to strengthen the study programs for upper secondary and higher education.

“The SEP is also analyzing the plans for upper secondary and higher education programs, since the needs and social dynamics are changing, the educational model of the fourth transformation is being developed, teachers will also have to be updated for this period. ”, he pointed.

Benito Juarez Scholarship (Photo: Twitter@BecasBenito)
Benito Juarez Scholarship (Photo: [email protected])

On the other hand, the secretary reported that the federal government’s priority programs in education received a budget increase for fiscal year 2022.

He explained that 13 thousand 964.3 million pesos will be invested in the “La Escuela es Nuestra” program, which represents an increase of 13.7 percent compared to the previous year.

In turn, the “Benito Juárez García Welfare Scholarships” program will receive a budget increase of 4% in all its modalities.

While the “Wellness Scholarship for Families of Basic Education” will have a budget of more than 33 thousand 67 million pesos; the “Universal Scholarship for Higher Secondary Education”, almost 35 billion pesos, and the “Youth Writing the Future Scholarship”, 10 thousand 583 million pesos, to guarantee the continuity of students in the National Educational System.

Photograph provided today by the Secretary of Public Education (SEP), where textbooks are observed, in Mexico City (Mexico).  EFE/SEP/ ONLY AVAILABLE TO ILLUSTRATE THE ACCOMPANYING NEWS (CREDIT MANDATORY)
Photograph provided today by the Secretary of Public Education (SEP), where textbooks are observed, in Mexico City (Mexico). EFE/SEP/ ONLY AVAILABLE TO ILLUSTRATE THE ACCOMPANYING NEWS (CREDIT MANDATORY)

He highlighted that the Program for the Strengthening of Special Education Services (PFSEE) will have an increase of 1,134 percent, going from 58 million pesos in 2021, to 715,864.4 million for the year 2022.

Finally, he said that the Federation Expenditure Budget (PEF) allocated 3 thousand 397.4 million pesos for the design, printing and distribution of Free Textbooks and educational materials for the next school year, that is, an increase that exceeds 220 million pesos.

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