Back to School
By Sandra Ríos
Again it’s time for the youth and children to return to school. We interviewed the Director of Education and Culture of San Miguel de Allende, Lic. Acacio Martinez Rodriguez, who told us that Mexico has had tele-secondary schools for 50 years, running consistently for around 35 to 40 years. These schools are generally in remote locations, with a satellite dish and a nationwide signal providing high school classes guided by a local consultant. Now strengthened, the same system has been extended to the baccalaureate, which has three teachers per group: one for exact sciences, another for humanities, and someone else who oversees all the work. Currently in this municipality there are 54 tele-secondary schools and the government of this administration must install more than 21 tele-bachilleratos for the rural communities. Each group of tele-bachillerato has 30 students, summing in total 1,600 students currently. In comparison, San Miguel de Allende in 46 years opened 24 public and private preparatory schools.
Sandra Ríos: What do you think about basic education, in both private and public schools, in San Miguel de Allende?
Lic. Acacio Martinez Rodriguez: Basic education (until secondary) is in a good position; we are in the center of the country and we have no crisis like in Oaxaca and Michoacán. Educational work has been able to operate regularly. In San Miguel there are 500 private and public schools. Educational reform is being accepted with some difficulty, but better than in other parts of the country and we will have a very good basic education level soon. I think we are not so bad in Guanajuato and particularly in San Miguel. I like measuring a primary school by the number of students entering high school and the quality of their training. And also for the secondary to high school, we are not bad, and I hope that this progress in education that we have made continues with the next administration.