Better Salaries for Teachers in Mexico
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is considering elevating the minimum salary for teachers to constitutional status, which would be at least 16,000 pesos per month.
During his morning press conference, the head of state indicated that the federal government has allocated 30 billion pesos to ensure that the salary of these workers is not lower.
This is because last year, the president stipulated that all teachers enrolled in the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) should not receive less than 16,360 pesos on a monthly basis.
In addition, the Mexican president emphasized that “a teacher cannot earn less than that amount.”
However, he continues to analyze it with the goal of ensuring that it does not become a dead letter.
“To ensure that the salary of education workers is not lower than the average of those enrolled in the IMSS, which is 16,360 pesos monthly (…) It cannot be that a teacher earns less than this,” he declared.
Para que las y los maestros mexicanos tengan un salario digno, impulsaremos una ley para que ganen más de 16 mil pesos mensuales; en la actualidad, algunos docentes ganan menos de 7 mil pesos.
Trabajamos para igualar y mejorar los ingresos laborales del magisterio. pic.twitter.com/d1zaWIgAnS
— Gobierno de México (@GobiernoMX) January 22, 2024
The head of the Executive branch assured that “in practice,” the salaries of teachers have been increased, but there is still work to be done for administrative staff, state teachers, and subject teachers.
He also stated that during his government, one million teachers have been given permanent positions.
“It’s not easy to establish it as a reform, still in (article) 27, 123 (of the Constitution), but it has to be fulfilled, and this has already meant an increase of about 40 billion, and we are also going to reach one million teachers with permanent positions in the time that the government has been in office. We are satisfied with the performance of teachers,” he said.
“To treat them as they deserve, to respect them,” he emphasized.
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