Target: Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto
Goal: Show support for education reform in Mexico to end teacher corruption
Recently, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law grand education reforms on a scale unseen in the country in decades. The reform will allow teachers to be given positions based on merit, instead of money or political power. An accurate census of schools will also be allowed for the first time. The reform focuses on ensuring the best teachers and environments at school, instead of allowing the political power of the teachers’ union to make all the decisions. The reform is a step forward for ensuring the quality of education for Mexican students.
The teachers’ union in Mexico previously made virtually all of the decisions for hiring and promoting a teacher. The teacher’s actual merit and the position of the school were not considered. Teachers could be hired for a lifelong position, and many even paid thousands of dollars in bribes to be hired. The reform seeks to create a system of standards that will be based solely on merit. The reform will also allow for an accurate census of teachers and students in the country. There is evidence that the current education payroll gives money to thousands of teachers who no longer actually teach. The reform will allow the government to stop paying these phantom teachers.
Teachers are vitally important to helping students succeed. Currently, less than half of Mexican students graduate from high school. The education reform seeks to raise the amount of graduates to at least 40% by focusing on ensuring the best teachers for the students. The political power of the union should not come at the expense of the students’ education. By passing this reform, the Mexican government is ensuring that only the most qualified teachers will help students to succeed. This reform should be applauded.
Dear President Pena Nieto,
Recently, you signed into law sweeping education reform in Mexico. The reform will allow teachers to be assigned positions based on merit and create an accurate census of schools for the first time in decades. The reform will greatly help students succeed by giving them teachers who have proven competent at their positions instead of buying their way into teaching jobs. The reform seeks to raise the high school graduation rate to 40%.
I thank you for signing the reform into law. Students deserve the best teachers to help them succeed. The current education system has had a proven negative effect on the students, and this reform is needed. By signing this reform into law, you have shown that you are committed to helping the students in Mexico succeed. This move should be applauded.
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