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Mexico promises to cover 98% of students in the midst of a pandemic, says head of the SEP

Esteban Moctezuma, head of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) of Mexico, promised this Monday to cover 98% of the 30 million Mexican students of initial education at the upper secondary level with his Learn at Home II plan, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To provide an educational response to the pandemic, we developed an equitable strategy for girls and boys, considering their socioeconomic conditions and the region in which they live,” Moctezuma said at the “Education and Pandemic” conference, organized by the National College.

The secretary recalled that the pandemic left the entire country without face-to-face classes on March 23, when the Government of Mexico declared the National Day of Healthy Distance and the school year was 73% complete.

Then, the SEP developed the emergent program Aprende en Casa I that allowed 80% of teachers to remain active and 85% of students not to interrupt their learning.

For the new school year, which begins next Monday, Moctezuma defended the government’s agreement with six public and private television stations that will raise coverage to 98% despite criticism from some teachers and opponents about the participation of media companies.