Mexico’s Public Education Secretary Aurelio Nuño announced the dismissal of least 3,119 teachers who accumulated their fourth offense by taking part in the strike called last Monday by the CNTE teachers union.
In the case of Oaxaca, he said, there are now far more schools that have abandoned the strike, having gone from 88 percent that were open last Monday to 98.5 percent on Friday.As I said yesterday, the teachers may have legitimate gripes, but really, this list of demands can never ever be met... ever. Rehiring all the fired teachers? And.... The 43 students are dead. There is no bringing them back alive. It's like me demanding unless you bring Elvis, or any dead person, back to life, there will be no deal. What a mess.
“Nonetheless, as in the case of Guerrero, we have 1,379 teachers there who have totaled four offenses and will be dismissed,” he said.
The CNTE went Monday on an unlimited strike and members have massed in front of the Mexico City government demanding talks with high-level officials.
Teachers’ demands include a salary increase, the repeal of the educational reform enacted in 2013, the bringing back alive of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa teachers’ school who disappeared in 2014, the reinstatement of teachers who have been fired, and the suspension of the evaluation process for the hiring, tenure and promotion of teaching personnel as required by the reform of 2013.