Mexico: OECD Pesters Elba Esther


The Teacher: “administration-innovation” creature from the Black Lagoon

The first survey ever taken of the 60,000 teachers of the SNTE, to discover their opinion on how the union is run, revealed that 98 percent believe that the main priority of their leadership, headed by Elba Esther Gordillo, is to enrich themselves and hold on to power; 97 percent know of no rendering of accounts by union leadership; and 87 percent believe that their dues are held onto by the leadership and used to buy support … ; see Elba “The Teacher” Esther: The Rank and File Fester

Debe el SNTE dar cuentas sobre fondos y personal que maneja, dice la OCDE: The OECD also wants to know what Elba Esther “The Teacher” Gordillo did with all that public money.

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Conocer el número de maestros comisionados, los fondos y la estructura de los ingresos que recibe el sindicato magisterial encabezado por Elba Esther Gordillo, no sólo es “urgente”, sino que es una “información clave”, como la relacionada con el sistema de evaluación y los criterios que se utilizarán para destinar fondos a la calidad educativa, porque ahí “está el corazón de la reforma posible” y ahí se verá si el discurso “se empata con las acciones” o se queda en palabras, advirtió la directora de la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE) para América Latina, Blanca Heredia.

Knowing the number of registered teachers, the cash on hand and the structure of the revenues received by the national teachers union headed by Elba Esther Gordillo is not just “urgent,” but is the “key piece of information” with respect to the system of evaluation and the criteria to be used in allocating funds for educational improvement, because “there lies the heart of the reform that is possible,” and there it will be seen whether words “are backed by actions,” warned OECD director for Latin America Blanca Heredia.

Heredia Rubio, a Columbia Ph.D., was appointed in April 2007 to head Latin American affairs.

Afirmó que tanto las autoridades educativas como el magisterio organizado, o “aquellos que lo representan”, tendrán que empezar a rendir cuentas sobre el uso de los recursos, que “son de todos”.

Heredia said that both education officials and unionized teachers, or “those whom they represent,” will have to start accounting for their use of funds, which “belong to everyone.”

Así, la decisión del Congreso de solicitar información respecto a la situación del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE), fue considerada por el organismo mundial como una de las “medidas más importantes” de la política de enseñanza en el país.

Thus, the decision of the Mexican Congress to requestion information from the SNTE was considered by the multilateral body as “one of the most important steps” for Mexico’s educational policy.   

En tanto, la Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), mediante el titular de la Unidad de Planeación y Evaluación Educativas, Jorge Santibáñez, dejó abierta la posibilidad de que la dependencia acepte la norma de revisión propuesta por el sindicato de Elba Esther Gordillo, lo que significaría que esa organización se autoexamine.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Education, through the head of planning and educational testing, Santibáñez, left open the possibility that SEP will accept the revised regulations proposed by the union led by Gordillo, which would mean that the SNTE would be self-auditing.

Calderón is said to owe his election taking of power to Gordillo. A careful beancounting of where union money went might help resolve that issue.

La SEP “recogerá todas las iniciativas que contribuyan de manera demostrable al incremento de la calidad, más allá de cualquier ideología, grupo o fuerza política que impulse la idea, en la medida en que sea demostrable su contribución al incremento de la calidad; como sociedad debemos retomarla”, afirmó.

The  SEP “will consider all initiatives that might contribute in some demonstrable way to the improvement of quality, regardless of what ideology, group, or political faction pushes the idea, to the degree that its contribution to the improvement of quality is demonstrable; as a society we must consider it,” he said.

Blanca Heredia manifestó que el detalle, no las vaguedades o “las opiniones desde el estómago”, tiene que prevalecer en la nueva fórmula –aprobada por el Congreso–, por la que se destinará a la calidad de la enseñanza 10 por ciento de los recursos, dentro del Fondo de Aportaciones para la Educación Básica (FAEB).

Heredia said that details, not vagaries or “gut feelings,” must prevail in the new formula — which must be approved by Congress — under which 10% of the funds from the Basic Education Fund (FAEB) must be dedicated to improving quality of instruction. 

Enfatizó que los instrumentos de evaluación deben ser discutidos de manera amplia, ya que “no se pueden generar en una oficina cerrada de una dependencia pública, y luego, simplemente, amanecemos con que no sabemos bien de dónde salió ese 10 por ciento de la nueva fórmula del FAEB”.

She stressed that the instruments of evaluation must be widely and openly debated, because “they cannot be generated by a closed office of public agency, and then we simply wake up with no way of knowing where this 10% of the FAEB got to.”

Entrevistada en el contexto de la presentación del Índice Compuesto de Eficacia (ICE) de los sistemas escolares, realizado por las fundaciones IDEA y Mexicanos Primero, Heredia señaló que es necesario saber cómo se evaluará a maestros, alumnos, directores y autoridades del sector. Incluso, planteó la necesidad de una “rendición de cuentas cruzada”.

Interviewed during the presentation of the Composite Effectiveness Index [ICE] for Mexican school systems, the work of the IDEA and Mexicans First foundations, Heredia said it is necessary to know how teachers, students, principals and educational officials will be evaluated. She also pointed to the need for “a [comparative] rendering of accounts.”

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