STRIKING Mexican teachers have vowed to mobilise for even bigger protests as they prepare for the next round of talks with the government.
After marathon negotiations with Interior Minister Osorio Chong ended in the small hours of Tuesday morning, the CNTE said its priorities were keeping the talks moving — although no date has been set for the next round — and recruiting more teachers to the struggle.
Police have killed 12 people fighting plans to impose performance assessments for teachers — which they say will be used as a pretext for sackings.
“We warn the people of Mexico that to make education into a big business, you have to promote free competition, deregulation of the education system, and eliminate all obstacles of the ‘protective state’ so that market forces are developed independently,” the CNTE said.
“It’s no wonder that the struggles of teachers and the educational community in recent years have had the defence of public education as their central point.”