By KELIN DILLON
After the controversial decision to rework 18 primary school textbooks for Mexico’s public school system, it has been revealed that only two of the ordered materials have successfully been completed, and will likely not even make it to publication.
More than 2,300 teachers and academics were asked by the Mexican government to aid in the compilation of these textbooks back in April, with no paid compensation offered for their efforts and a deadline of only two months to complete the task.
Many critics of the initiative were concerned that the rewriting rush would ultimately harm Mexico’s educational efforts, as reworking texts typically needs at least triple the amount of time than that given by the government.
Now, Undersecretary of Basic Education Martha Velda Hernández Moreno has rejected the two completed offerings as not complying with basic quality standards, making the uncompensated efforts of the nation’s teachers essentially all in vain.