In the current 2022-2023 school year, 366,954 students stopped enrolling in preschool, basic, upper secondary and higher education in the country, with 14 entities, including the State of Mexico, where school dropout is accentuated to a greater extent.
This was highlighted by Francisco Javier Landeros, president of Suma por la Educación, in a joint conference with Educación con Rumbo and where the National Union of Parents also participated, to publicize what they have called the Forum for a National Agenda for Education. .
In addition, the also advisor to Education with Rumbo pointed out that in the case of the private education system there is a 26% decrease in its enrollment, which had an impact on the reduction of up to 250 thousand students, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. .
Likewise, in 2020, he explained, there was a drop in school enrollment at the national level and he explained that it was 13% in preschool, 7% in upper secondary, 4% in primary; in secondary it reached 3%, while in higher education it was 1%.
He commented that it has been in the male sector where there has been the highest rate of school dropouts, in comparison with women, that is, 10% of men and 5% of the female sector.
In turn, Juan Antonio López Boljarg, general director of the Institute for Family Policy Analysis, said that in order to attend to what they call an “educational emergency”, teacher training in techniques and methodology for teaching mathematics and science is necessary, this in the basic level.
Also the construction of an educational inclusion plan and an urgent scheme for the reduction of school desertion; in addition to implementing a program to make fathers and mothers aware of their commitment to participate in their children’s education, among other measures.
Issues that, according to the organizations, were part of a dialogue exercise in the states of Michoacán, Durango, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Puebla, Querétaro, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatán, the State of Mexico and six other entities, both with teachers, parents, directors, school authorities, specialists, among other actors.
López Boljarg explained that, in this exercise, 613 problems were collected and detected in the country’s educational system, in addition to 748 proposals, information that was combined into ten problems and the same number of proposals.
In this sense, he mentioned that both members of the educational community, as well as specialists, considered that the lack of continuous training for teachers in the use of new technologies, the lack of educational infrastructure and technological equipment and the Internet are core points of the problem that It has been detected in the field of education, a situation that has also increased the Covid-19 pandemic.
He also mentioned the increase in school dropouts, the low participation of fathers and mothers in education, attention to the socio-emotional aspect, family economic difficulties, the lack of pedagogical materials and the saturation of teachers in administrative matters, such as part of the problem.
Hence, as of this Thursday, the dialogue tables will begin for the development of the National Agenda for Education Forum, which will include teachers, parents, civil society, researchers, as well as public and private schools.