Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Oaxaca teachers strike: Some public schools reopen

At least 16,000 students have returned to public schools on time or almost on time. The Colegio de Estudios Científicos y Tecnológicos de Oaxaca (Cecyteo), with 90 satellite campuses and 16 thousand students, opened the school year yesterday in a ceremony in Mitla (one of my favorite places). This system serves the isthmus up into the mountains which would include the Triquis. The indigenous Triquis are numbered as among the poorest of the poor in the state of Oaxaca.

The head of the teachers union for this school system, Julio Martín Díaz Sánchez, said that, while respectful of the SNTE movement, he did not want to jeopordize the education of such a large number of students. Apparently a labor agreement was worked out between the school's president, José Esteban Melchor de la Cruz Santiago, and the union, the STSCECYTEO, that allowed the 90 regional campuses to reopen. I cannot get any of the Oaxaca govenment websites to open this morning, so I don't know haw many grades are served by this school system. I would suppose it serves grades 1 through 12, but I don't know (it's not a college or university system).

I'm not sure how all this is going to play out with the SNTE leadership which has vowed that no schools will reopen. The STSCECYTEO was listed here, as late as last Thursday, as a participant in the Oaxaca strife.

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