Mexico’s Back-to-School Turnout Gets Failing Grade

Mexican Public Education Secretary Delfina Gómez Álvarez. Photo: Google


Mexico’s nationwide back-to-in-person classes on Monday, Aug. 30, got a miserable grade in terms of turnout.

Of the 25 million public kindergarten, elementary, middle school and high school students expected to show up for classes at the start of the week after more than 17 months of closure due to the covid-19 pandemic, only 11.4 million made it to school, meaning 45 percent were truant.

And of the 228,852 public schools that were slated to open their doors to students, only 119,497 were in operation as of Wednesday, Sept. 1.

None of which should have been surprising since more than half of parents said that they were opposed to sending their children back to classes in the midst of the pandemic’s third and worst wave.

Maybe Public Education Secretary Delina Gómez Álvarez should get detention at the National Palace.

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