Back to School/More Protests Over LP Gas PricesBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 08/12/2021 - 11:01
Back to school. Minister of Public Education Delfina Gómez reiterated that Aug. 30 is the official day to return to school, which will be "responsible, coordinated and safe." "Classes and learning never stopped through the Aprende en Casa program but we know that it was necessary to return to the classroom to provide better educational attention."
The 2021-2022 school year for the basic level will begin on Aug. 30, 2021 and is expected to end on July 28, 2022. The authorities have emphasized that the return to school will occur despite some states being under the epidemiological red light, since it is essential to improve the level of education. However, states such as Nuevo Leon and Michoacan have rejected the government's proposal, considering that the risk of contagion is high. Gomez reiterated that attendance will not be mandatory, so there will be no consequence if parents decide to keep their children at home.
SNTE supports the government's decision to return to schools. Leader of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) Alfonso Cepeda delivered a document to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in which he agreed to work with the Ministries of Health and Education to guarantee a safe and optimal return to face-to-face classes. “They were almost 18 months in confinement; it is time to go back to the classroom. We have to go to our schools because the students need us and these places are our source of employment. I reiterate that the vast majority of teachers in Mexico support the decision to return to face-to-face classes,” Cepeda said.
The new agreement seeks to lay the foundations for the implementation of new actions and strategies so that schools are safe spaces, with a low possibility of contagion. The agreement was drawn up after a meeting at the national level, with the SNTE organizations and the 56 general secretaries of the union, in which actions were proposed to address the main problems in education.
New agreement with Teleton. López Obrador and the Teleton Foundation have signed an agreement to allow minors with disabilities to use Teleton’s rehabilitation centers for free. “There are many girls and boys who are born with a minor disability and since they do not have money to pay for therapies, these disabilities become severe and for life."
There are more than 6 million people with disabilities in Mexico. The national network of rehabilitation centers and units has 1,639 rehabilitation and special education centers, serving 45,644 people. Under the new agreement, 20,000 children are expected to receive free care at Teleton's 24 rehabilitation centers.
PROFECO to hold talks with LP gas distributors. Head of the Federal Consumer Prosecutor's Office (PROFECO) Ricardo Sheffield will meet with LP gas distributors to discuss and establish agreements on maximum gas prices. “In the case of the concessionaires, there is still some disagreement. Yesterday, there were protests in which they asked for dialogue. I have already given instructions for the Consumer Prosecutor's Office to listen to their opinions."
Yesterday, the distributors protested the new maximum price limit for gas and the creation of the company Gas Bienestar that seeks to supply gas at a lower price. Last week, there was another two-day strike because the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) capped the maximum price to sell LP gas at MX$21.78 (US$1.09). However, the distributors stopped the strike because the president said there would be criminal charges against those who interrupted the supply of gas.
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