MEXICO CITY – 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.
Nuño told a press conference how many teachers in how many states “heeded the union leaders call for them to join the strike.”
He said that, in the case of Guerrero state, 99.6 percent of the schools opened this Thursday, adding that 120 teachers were identified who on Friday committed their fourth offense “and consequently, as the law requires, they will be dismissed from the teaching profession.”
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.
“Nonetheless, as in the case of Guerrero, we have 1,379 teachers there who have totaled four offenses and will be dismissed,” he said.
In Michoacan state, there was a special circumstance in which some schools did not open Monday to commemorate the Day of the Teacher, while others did have classes, so that counting the number of offenses necessary for dismissal begins for some on Monday and for others on Tuesday.
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.