Education Commission approved opinions on freedom of association and full-time schools

Mexico.- The Education Commission, chaired by the deputy Flora Tania Cruz Santos (Morena), approved six reform opinions and warrants on workers of the National Institute of Educational Physical Infrastructure, freedom of association, mental health, Full Time Schools , Community Telebachillerato Subsystem and the “Formando Corazones” school program in Chihuahua.

INIFED workers

With 27 votes in favor, zero against and nine abstentions, it approved the opinion to the minute with draft decree reforming the transitory fourth article, section V, of the decree issuing the General Law of Education and repeals the General Law of Educational Physical Infrastructure, published in the Official Gazette of the Federation on September 30, 2019.

Deputy Cruz Santos explained that the purpose of the ruling is to compensate for an inaccuracy of said decree, related to protecting the workers of the National Institute of Educational Physical Infrastructure (INIFED) whose extinction process is underway.

The proposal, he said, consists of a modification to the Fourth Transitory Article, which currently states that the rights of INIFED workers will be respected in accordance with the provisions of its Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Federal Labor Law, and given the nature of the Institute, it governs their labor relations through general working conditions and, therefore, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Law of Workers in the Service of the State. Therefore, it is important to make this precision.

Syndical freedom

It was also endorsed with 24 votes in favor, 10 against and 2 abstentions, the opinion with draft decree by which a twenty-fifth transitory article is added to the General Law of the System for the Career of Teachers and Teachers, in matters of trade union freedom.

The deputy president pointed out that this ruling is intended to guarantee the labor rights established in agreements 87 and 98 of the International Labor Organization signed by the Mexican State regarding free unionization and collective bargaining.

He said that it is important to remember that the sixteenth transitional article of the decree amending and adding various provisions of the Constitution on educational matters of May 15, 2019, establishes that the labor rights of education workers will be governed by the section B of article 123 of the Constitution and by the regulatory law of the System for the Career of Teachers.

Mental health

Also approved, with 34 votes in favor, zero against and one abstention, was the opinion with a draft decree amending and adding various provisions to the General Law of Education, in matters of mental health.

The president of the Commission explained that the opinion aims to make the educational authorities establish the protocols, programs and activities necessary for the prevention, detection and timely care of students at risk of their mental health.

Opinions with point of agreement

The Commission approved with 34 votes in favor, zero against and zero abstentions, the opinion with a point of agreement regarding the reincorporation of the components of extended hours and food service in the “La Escuela es Nuestra” program.

The president explained that the opinion is in the context of attention to the Full-Time Schools Program, “jointly addresses 13 proposals with points of agreement” from various deputies and deputies from different parliamentary groups.

He explained that the proposals have the common objective of urging the federal educational authority to restore the components of the Full Time Schools program; for this reason, “the opinion based on the information and permanent communication with the Ministry of Public Education determined to exhort this unit to make public the mechanisms for the incorporation of the components of extended hours and food. ”.

Likewise, he said, the Secretary of Public Education is urged to work jointly with the working table to review the Full-Time Schools program, which is made up of deputies and deputies of this Commission.

Also endorsed with 34 votes in favor, zero against and zero abstentions, the opinion that urges the Ministry of Public Education to analyze the possibility of creating the Community Tele-Baccalaureate Subsystem as a Higher Secondary Education Subsystem.

President Flora Tania Cruz Santos said that the objective is to exhort the federal educational authority to analyze the possibility of creating the Community Telehigh School Subsystem as a Subsystem for Higher Secondary Education, since this high school modality is one of those that attend to students from communities with higher rates of marginalization and the conditions of these educational establishments, both material and labor, are not ideal for carrying out their work.

With 35 votes in favor, 2 against and 1 abstention, the ruling was approved exhorting different state and municipal authorities of Chihuahua to stop the “Formando Corazones” school program until it is endorsed by the corresponding authority.

The federal educational authority, in coordination with the educational authority of Chihuahua and the city council of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, is urged to take the necessary measures within the framework of its attributions to guarantee that the “Formando Corazones” program preserves the superior interest of girls, boys and adolescents.

Deputy Cruz Santos explained that the program “contravenes the provisions of the law by prohibiting the distribution and promotion of educational materials that are not endorsed by the Ministry of Public Education, as well as there may be a possible violation of the right of the students to receive sexual and comprehensive education, so the state authority is requested to provisionally suspend the application of said program with the intention of safeguarding the right and the best interests of girls and boys while the federal authority determines if this program complies with the provisions of the law.

The deputies of Morena, Adela Ramos Juárez, Sandra Luz Navarro Conkle, Juan Pablo Sánchez Rodríguez, Sonia Rincón Chanona, Armando Contreras Castillo, Blanca Araceli Narro Panameño, Martha Barajas García, Miguel Ángel Pérez participated in the meeting to refer to the opinions. Navarrete, Iran Santiago Manuel, Juan Pablo Sánchez Rodríguez, Félix Durán Ruiz and Martha Rosa Morales Romero,

Likewise, from the PAN, Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, María de los Ángeles Gutiérrez Valdez, Esther Mandujano Tinajero and Lilia Caritina Olvera Coronel. For the PRI, Cynthia Iliana López Castro, Sayonara Vargas Rodríguez, Ana Lilia Herrera Anzaldo and Lázaro Cuauhtémoc Jiménez Aquino.

From the PVEM, the deputy María del Carmen Pinete Vargas and from the PT, Shirley Guadalupe Vázquez Romero and Alfredo Femat Bañuelos; as well as Olga Luz Espinosa Morales, of the PRD.

At the meeting, the Education Commission also approved, with 34 votes in favor, zero against and zero abstentions, its first six-monthly report.