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Among the good news brought by the recent approval of the 2023 Federation Expenditure Budget is the reallocation of a set of resources, with which the schools of Full Time (ETC) that began to weaken shortly after its creation in the six-year term of Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, until it disappeared when in the 2022 PEF they were no longer provided with financing.

According to statements by Deputy Sayonara Vargas Rodríguez, a member of the Education Commission, said schools will have a budget item of more than 13 billion pesos for about 113 thousand schools of basic education, which will extend their schedules in the next school cycle.

The Full Time School Program was born as a pilot project for 500 schools, with the aim of extending school days to six and eight hours so that basic education students make better use of the time available for their academic, physical and cultural development. And have at least one healthy diet a day in schools highly marginalized population.

The schools Full-time programs had declined with the passage of time and governments, until, in the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, they were first integrated into the “La Escuela Es Nuestra” Program (LEEN) and then disappeared.

According to information published in some media from civil organizations, such as the causes of the weakening of the program, the fact that the previously allocated resources were insufficient to cover the extra salaries of the teachers and the food of the students was denounced, but that they were not audited either.

The disqualification of the program for a year (2022) must have caused great damage not only to the students who received its benefits, but also to their mothers and fathers.

Fortunately, last September of this 2022, a federal judge ordered the Ministry of Public Education to resume the schools Full-time because his disappearance implied a greater economic and work burden for mothers and fathers who did not have the time or the necessary resources to care for their sons and daughters and feed them after normal school hours.

CLOSE THE GAP

The Global Gender Gap Index 2022, women dedicate close to 55 percent to caring for their children and the home in general, so if they are provided with something that reduces their workload, it helps them promote their autonomy to go out home and enter the world of work with better working conditions, but they also receive support to cover their food needs.

These families will once again receive support that probably (contrary to other projects budgeted for the following year) will contribute to the advancement of equality between men and women in Mexico.

According to the Global Gender Gap Index 2022, women spend about 55 percent of their time caring for their children and the home in general.

However, the risk that this program will not be sustainable remains valid. Specialized civil organizations affirm that the program requires not only state budget items, but also the support of parents.

According to the Ministry of Education, this dependency has recorded 27 thousand schools With said program, they benefited 3.6 million children and adolescents, not only with learning but also with food.

Education experts fear that the program will not be sustained again, if the state governments do not support the ETC program with their own funds and if the parents do not contribute a part.

Until now, 12 states have expressed their commitment to contribute to its maintenance, unfortunately we have not found information on whether there is ETC in Tabasco and if the current government has expressed its willingness to contribute a part.

Full-time schools, a tool against inequality