Saturday, July 17, 2010

Today's Illustration of Mexico's Deficient Teaching Corps

It seems as though the past several weekends have included one stat or another demonstrating the utter incompetence and corruption coursing through the veins of Mexico's educational system. Today's: according to the SEP, almost a quarter of the nation's teaching corps, which is to say almost 250,000 instructors, have been deemed academically unfit. Incredibly, this group includes 200 people, among them 30 principals, who've not even completed elementary school.

As long as we're on the subject, last week's stat was that there appear to be more than 200,000 teachers whose salaries are being paid by the state, but whose actual job is a mystery. Either they are listed at working at schools that don't exist, schools that have been closed, or there is no explanation for why they are drawing a paycheck every two weeks.

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