School Year on Open TV / SEP Will Create ContentBy Ricardo Guzman | Mon, 08/03/2020 - 12:29
TV-based school year announced. A TV-based and remote 2020-2021 school year will start on Aug. 24 and on-site classes will be authorized until green is reached in the epidemiological traffic light in each state, Minister of Public Education (SEP) Esteban Moctezuma reported. The Mexican government has signed an agreement with Televisa, TV Azteca, Grupo Multimedios and Grupo Imagen to broadcast all educational content for 30 million students in 16 school grades through six open TV channels working 24-7. “The pandemic represents one of the biggest challenges. We all want to go back to classrooms but the health risk remains high,” Moctezuma said.
SEP, Channel 11 will produce content. The Ministry of Public Education (SEP) and the National Polytechnic Institute’s (IPN) Channel 11 will be in charge of producing all content broadcasted on the new remote school program, President López Obrador said. He explained that content and material are still being produced by public television stations. “SEP and Channel 11 are working on the content, scripts and everything that has to be produced,” he said. The president also announced a new school subject called Healthy Life, given the need to strengthening everyone’s immune system with the right nutrition and exercise to face the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reopening of bookstores. Minister of Public Education (SEP) Esteban Moctezuma announced that the Ministry of Health will issue a decree to include selling and producing goods for students an essential activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regarding families living in remote areas, the official said internet access will play a major role in the new program; however, the cornerstone relies on TV and also on radio broadcasts.
Reiterates support for López-Gatell. President López Obrador reiterated his support for Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell after nine opposition governors asked for his resignation, lamenting poor results from the federal strategy to face the COVID-19 pandemic. “We support Dr. López-Gatell, he has done a good job and we are moving forward. The pandemic has been a very painful subject and we should not mix things up,” he said.
Successful health check-up. President López Obrador reported that yesterday he went to the Cardiology Institute to have a scheduled check-up and that he is in good health. “I'm fine, very well. I went to Cardiology but it was for a check-up. They did a cardiac stress test and I'm at 100 percent,” he said after being questioned on reports that he was hospitalized yesterday. López Obrador suffered a heart attack in 2013.
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