Testing times for Mexican teachers

Published on 12 Sep 2013
In Mexico teachers protesting against education reforms have clashed with police during a demonstration which brought Mexico City to a standstill. Teaching unions are opposed to performance-related tests for teachers, but their critics say the unions are corrupt and have too much control over job allocation.

Thousands of teachers are back on the streets of Mexico City a day after the president signed a controversial education reform bill into law.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed the final part the education reform bill into law on Tuesday, in a move that infuriated teaching unions who have fought the bill from the outset.

The reform, finalised on Tuesday, introduces mandatory teacher evaluations for the first time, which unions considers a violation of workers’ rights.

“In the application of the education law there won’t be a step back, rather we will make sure we move forward faster,” Pena Nieto said as he signed the law.

Thanks Euronews for the video

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