In elementary school Seis de Enero in Porfirio Parra, which is a small village along the U.S. border in Northern Mexico - no running water or electricity. At school classes full of rusty furniture and broken Windows. Not enough tables and chairs for approximately 100 students, and many of them come without pencils, without paper.
"The conditions here are really bad," says Eric Guevara (Erik Guevara), the Director of the school. "We can't do better."
Experts say that there are tens of thousands of schools like Seis de Enero in Mexico. But when it comes to public schools in Mexico, run-down buildings and classrooms without electricity is just the tip of the iceberg.
Recently, the Mexican Institute for competitiveness (Mexican Institute for Competitiveness), a think tank in the nation's capital, published a report that shook Mexico, it is described by a system of education, which is cluttered with corruption.
The report, which is based on public government records, makes several bold claims. First of all, the fact that the government spends $27 million a year on schools that don't even exist. The second is that there are more than 1440 people over the age of 100 years, working as teachers in Mexico-almost all of them are in the same school, just North of Mexico city. All these teachers, apparently, have a date of birth: 12 December 1912.
Equally surprisingly, the report States that over 90,000 teachers in Mexico receive over 3500 dollars a month, a salary that puts them in a layer of the richest 10 percent of the country. The study also showed that there are 70 teachers around the country whose salary is more than $11.300 per person per month, the same salary, as President Enrique peña Nieto. There is even one teacher in southern Mexico, said the report, which makes a whopping amount of $50 000 per month.
After the publication of the report, the Federal Education Secretariat of Mexico (Mexico's federal Secretariat of Education) tried to debunk some conclusions of the analytical center. In a press conference, Deputy Minister of education Secretary Enrique del Val Blanco said, "the analysis lacks seriousness and rigor". He added that the century-old teachers in Hidalgo were in fact given the birth date “12/12/12” to identify them as a payer of the alimony, and that the teacher in southern Mexico actually receives only 5,280$ per month (including benefits). A few days later, the government admitted that its public education system is split, as teachers receive money for five different positions.
"Never in the history of the formation of the image of the teacher in Mexico has not been as tarnished as it is now," says Juan Manuel lópez alegría, a columnist from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, which has one of the worst educational records in the country. "Education here is rotten to the core".