STRIKING Mexican teachers marched in the capital on Tuesday as their CNTE union sat down to talks with the government over draconian education “reforms.”
Some 1,000 protesters gathered at the national teacher training college in the centre of Mexico City, carrying banners denouncing President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose government launched the performance tests in 2013.
The CNTE says the tests do not measure real teaching skills, especially those vital in rural areas and among indigenous communities, but are simply an excuse for mass redundancies and privatisation of schools.
At the talks, CNTE leaders were expected to present education officials with a list of demands for changes to the education reform law, including abolition of the tests.
The talks began last month after police attacked teachers’ protests in Oaxaca state on June 19, killing 12 people including nine in the town of Nochixtlan.