Online Classes in Mexico: Advantage or Disadvantage?
Online classes have become our new normal since the COVID-19 pandemic. Mexico has implemented programs and protocols to make this electronic transition easier. Some challenges have been addressed so far but not fixed, such as the problems public schools and low-class sectors have had to be part of this new reality.
According to 2018 numbers from the Ministry of Education (SEP), out of 100 students only 47 graduate from high school and there is a 14.5 percent rate of school dropouts. Poverty, lack of teachers and interest and low student performance are among the main reasons for these dropouts. COVID-19 only made matters worse.
Even though public schools have the initiative to continue their regular schedule, they are limited by the realities of the digital world in Mexico. According to INEGI, 50.9 percent of the population has an internet connection and 45.4 percent have an electronic device. This means that some people have to approach a Wi-Fi hotspot on the street to attend their classes and public hotspots do not always work as they should. Most schools and their students were not prepared for this transition and many teachers are recurring to social media to reach out to their students and send them assignments.
Despite the difficulties, however, online classes remain a great option as they create a lot of opportunities and are within reach of the majority of the population. According an article from Forbes by Diego Olcese, CEO and Founder of the online education platform Crehana, if the Wi-Fi factor got solved, it would bring more benefits to future generations by eliminating the distance barrier for students. School staff would also receive training at a more reasonable price, giving them the tools, they need to give better classes. The online education offering is greater, as well, sometimes even for free, which helps increase the competitiveness of current and future workers.