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  • Mexico's school year to begin with instruction on television

    Christopher Sherman
    Published Monday, August 3, 2020 1:40PM EDT

    MEXICO CITY -- Distance learning will begin for more than 30 million Mexican school children Aug. 24, but a return to classrooms will remain an uncertain goal, the country's education secretary said Monday.

    Secretary Esteban Moctezuma Barragan and executives from the country's largest television networks presented in broad strokes a plan to put educational instruction on television.

    Moctezuma said that risks to in-person education continue being too high. Officials fear children could become coronavirus carriers, infecting relatives at home.

    "We wanted to return to in-person classes, but it is not possible, nor prudent," Moctezuma said.

    Students will not return to classrooms until the government's version of a stoplight to evaluate the pandemic's risk is safely at green.

    Throughout Latin America, nearly all schooling is being carried out online or through television as the pandemic continues to surge here.

    ... In Mexico, remote indigenous communities will be able to access instruction through government radio stations. Moctezuma said television was a good option because government data shows 94% of homes have one. Some 140 million free textbooks will be distributed.

    In cases of multiple children at different grade levels in a home, Moctezuma said programming would try to take this into account and that classes would be repeated at multiple time slots.