By MARK LORENZANA
Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) announced on Monday, June 20, vacant positions to be assigned in its headquarters in Mexico City, with salaries that pay up to 140,000 pesos a month.
The SEP has opened up positions for general director of agricultural technological education and marine sciences, and general director of higher secondary education in agricultural technology and marine sciences, which pay a monthly salary of 141,394 and 64,151 Mexican pesos, respectively.
For the first vacancy, the successful applicant will be responsible for study plans, programs and methods of learning in upper secondary education, specifically in agriculture, forestry and marine science and technology. On the other hand, the person in the second role will be responsible for internal guidelines for the operation of agricultural technology and marine sciences in higher secondary education centers.
Applicants should have previous experience working in the fields of marketing and commerce, law, administration, computing and informatics, economics, education and humanities, agricultural sciences, agricultural development, forestry sciences or agronomy.
All applicants for the vacant positions will have until June 29 to apply at www.trabajoen.gob.mx.
On May 15, the country’s official Teacher’s Day, Public Education Secretary Delfina Gómez announced that all Mexican public-school teachers who are making less than 20,000 pesos a month will receive, on average, a 7.5 percent pay hike. The salary increase will be staggered in three segments of 3 percent, 2 percent and 1 percent. As a result of the salary increases, Gómez said that the lowest monthly incomes for teachers will be, after the staggered boost, 14,300 pesos per month.
Gómez did not say when the first salary increase would be implemented, nor how long it will be between each staggered raise.
The National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) teachers union responded that it was dissatisfied with the wage increase. Pedro Hernández, leader of CNTE Section 9 in Mexico City, said that the teachers union would only accept a 25 percent raise in pay. He also criticized the incremental increase.
“The problem with a gradual increase is that it is partial,” Hernández said.
“Those with salaries of less than 20,000 pesos per month would eventually see a 7.5 percent, but others would not. There are categories as to the type of jobs teachers do, and this has divided us. What we want is equal pay for equal work,” Hernández said.