López Obrador announces purge of teacher payroll in the state of Michoacán
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced this Saturday that there will be a purge of the payroll of teachers in the state of Michoacán so that there are no people who do not pay and those who do work receive their salaries on time.
In a sports unit in the municipality of Uruapan, the president gave symbolically cards to beneficiaries of pension programs for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as scholarships to students aimed at ensuring their permanence in the classroom.
He stressed that in that municipality there is a register of 3,656 low-income students of upper secondary level who will receive every two months a support of 1,600 pesos ($ 83.9).
Those present at the event explained the programs focused on generating opportunities for development and work, and reiterated that he will cancel the educational reform promulgated by his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto, which eliminated union privileges in the allocation of teaching positions and established an evaluation system for admission, permanence and promotion in the teaching profession.
"There is not going to be a punitive evaluation, it will not degrade the teaching profession, it will not offend, as it did, the teachers, on the contrary, the teaching work will be exalted as never before," he said.
Likewise, it reaffirmed the commitment to start in Michoacán the federalization of education supported by a census, with the aim of ending delays in payments and teacher disagreements.
"We're going to have state teachers federalize, of course, we're going to take a census to see who is a federal teacher, how they're enrolled, where they work, who is a state teacher, where they're enrolled, what their school is, what preschool in what primary, in what secondary, "he said.
And immediately he said "Aviator, what my little finger says," using the expression that refers to public officials who do not work and only go to collect their salary, and making a gesture to indicate that they would be dismissed.
"And with that new payroll, purified, now they do not lack their salaries, that they are paid promptly, that there are no wage withholdings because, as I said on one occasion, that is illegal," he added.
Michoacán is one of the states where the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) is strongest, a union opposed to Peña Nieto's educational reform and which has recently staged protests in different parts of the country to demand its immediate cancellation.