By KELIN DILLON
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) formalized his nomination of Delfina Gómez Álvarez as the new head of the Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) on the morning of Monday, Feb. 15.
Gómez replaces Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, who is anticipated to be ratified by the Senate Tuesday, Feb. 16, as Mexico’s newest ambassador to the United States.
“It fills me with pride that the president thought of me for this assignment,” said Gómez. “I assume the role with pride, not as a political, bureaucratic position. I assume this responsibility as the most beautiful assignment that can exist, which is to assist in the process of educating millions of people.”
Gómez had experience working as a teacher for over 30 years, including obtaining her masters in education, and previously served as mayor of Texcoco from 2013 until 2015.
The new head of the SEP has faced accusations from her former constituents in Texcoco of funneling public pension funds into her own political campaign, to the tune of an alleged 2 million pesos per year.
…Feb. 16, 2021