By THE PULSE NESS MEXICO STAFF
As part of his plan for national social and academic development, a representative of Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) announced last week that the new administration intends to eliminate English-language studies from the country’s public school system.
Along with the elimination of currently mandatory English-as-a-second-language classes in public schools, the country’s incoming Secretary of Finance Carlos Urzúa Macías said on Tuesday, Nov. 13, that to meet AMLO’s new proposed fiscal budget, a number of national programs will have to be cut.
In addition to the English-language program, Proni, which was introduced in 2016 in more than 34,000 public schools nationwide, Urzua said that the new budget will probably also include the elimination of ProMéxico, a government-sponsored program aimed at promoting the attraction of direct foreign investment and the export of Mexican goods and services, along with the internationalization of Mexican companies as strategic global business partners.
AMLO has also stated repeatedly that he plans to reverse the Education Reform imposed by Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, thus eliminating mandatory qualification testing for teachers.