In Mexicothe proportion of students from socioeconomic level low who cannot read a simple text increased 25% as a consequence of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to the education systemwarned the world Bank (BM).
In fact, in the American continent, Mexico is one of the countries with the greatest severe learning lossessince in students from high strata, the proportion of those who they cannot read simple text grew 15%.
According to specialists in education and civil organizations and non-governmentalthe country’s educational authorities do not have a strategy to recover the lost learning and have focused only on change study plans.
“If we do not act now to recover learning losses, an entire generation of children and young people will be less productive in the future and will have fewer opportunities for progress and well-being”pointed out the B.M..
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It is expected that the learning losses result in a decrease in 12% in lifetime income of today’s students.
He world Bank highlighted that in Latin America the learning losses planned and real they are very high and more serious in the early grades and among younger children, and from the lowest socioeconomic backgrounds.
“Average primary education scores in reading and mathematics are expected to decline to levels recorded more than 10 years ago, when improvements were already very slow. About four out of five sixth graders may not be able to adequately understand and interpret a text of moderate length.he highlighted.
“The world faces a crisis within a crisis. Learning poverty estimates show that even before Covid-19, the learning crisis was already deepening.”accurate.
He highlighted that the learning in the future and decades of benefits economic and social are at stake: “Urgent action is needed to ensure that the current generation of students receives an education that is at least as good as that of past generations.”
For Erik Avilesacademic of José María Morelos Michoacan Institute of Educational Sciences, The evidence of the educational crisis exhibited by the World Bank coincides with the results of the diagnostic evaluations of Mejoredu and the Equity and Return study, prepared by the association Mexicans First.
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“The serious loss of learning in basic education in Mexico is multiplied. If we do not act promptly and responsibly, the development of our next generations will be hindered, limiting their capacity to produce wealth and well-being, which is unacceptable.”he commented.
He highlighted the importance of recovering the minimum expected learning lost during the pandemicwhich is crucial: “Educational authorities must guarantee the rights to be, learn and participate of all children and young people in Mexico without exception.
“Aspirants for elected office must formulate proposals for medium and long-term solutions, as well as deeply commit to the situation, and Mexican citizens must take into account government actions and politicians’ speeches to reason and discern the “I vote based on what is done in favor of learning”he stressed.
Alma Maldonado, member of the Department of Educational Research of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav), of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), explained that despite the loss of learning, the federal government, through the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), still has not designed a strategy to learning recovery.
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“There has not been interest in this matter, it seems that for the federal government a pandemic never occurred, but when you see these reports that talk about a crisis due to the loss of learning, concern arises about everything that was lost during the pandemic”considered.
He indicated that far from a strategy for the recovery of students, the Secretary of Public Education He focused his interest on developing news study plans and programsas well as free textbooks for basic education students.
Marco Fernandez Martinezcoordinator of Anti-Corruption and Education of the civil organization Mexico Evaluates and researcher in the School of Government of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, He believed that if the omission continues in the face of the loss of knowledge, the students will be condemned to low levels of development and of Social Mobility.
“If this indifference on the part of the educational authorities continues, we will have a very large bill for a significant number of children and adolescents that having serious deficiencies in the learnings “They will have difficulties when they grow up to successfully integrate into the world of work or to adequately continue their educational journeys.”.
(With information from El Universal)