“The state of Guanajuato is second on child labor, just below Zacatecas. And this ignominious situation influences drastically the educational outcomes of our state”, declared Juan Carlos Camacho Gomez, director of the National Institute of Evaluation for Education in Guanajuato (Instituto Nacional de Evaluación para la Educación en Guanajuato, INEE).
Despite the research conducted by the aforementioned institute that does not specify the average education level of Guanajuato’s students, it reveals that 19.9% of the students currently work and receive a salary, 10.6% work and receive some kind of payment, and 14.5% work without any pay at all!
According to the study, only 51.9% of all students in the state do not have to work.
Personnel from the Commission of Education, Science, Technology and Culture met with the official, to review the “obligatory education report, Mexico 2017”.
“The fact that there is a high number of working children is absolutely regrettable. From my point of view, this situation affects the state educational overall results,” said the official.
Camacho Gómez stated that in this evaluation authorities have been able to detect factors that affect the students’ educational outcome, such as poverty and migration, and others such as lack of optimal conditions to do homework and not having the same teacher during the entire school year.
“What is clear is that there is a high number of students at all levels who do not achieve good results and something needs to be done, there are issues that explain the context, but there are also school factors that can be changed or removed from the Education system, not everything has to do with poverty, or the rural environment in which they live, there are other issues that have to do with the number of students per school, lack of infrastructure, poor continuity of teachers, etc.,” Camacho explained.
The official also noted that according to the results of the PLANEA evaluation, 54% of elementary students in the state have an insufficient level in language and communication skills, and 61.8% of insufficiency in the mathematics category.
He also pointed out that in secondary school students, there is a 29.4% insufficiency in language and communication skills, and 62.5% in mathematics.
As conclusions of the report, the director of INEE pointed out that there are public policies that deal with aspects that were previously ignored, however, compliance with the right to obligatory education of quality remains a goal to be achieved.