Mexico to purge nonworking teachers from payroll

2019-04-07 16:23
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador answers questions from journalists. (Marco Ugarte, AP, file)

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador answers questions from journalists. (Marco Ugarte, AP, file)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Saturday that his government will conduct a census to determine which teachers are working and purge the rest from the payroll.

Speaking in Mexico's western state of Michoacan, the president gestured with a thumb to indicate that any "freeloader" found on the payroll will be tossed.

López Obrador plans to federalise education rather than allocate school funds to states. He said some governors spend federal money earmarked for education on other things and then ask for more money.

"We are going to bring order," he said.

A similar accounting of children looked after by state-funded day care centres this year found the centres were caring for only two-thirds of the 300 000 children they claimed, but still charging for that care, Lopez Obrador said.

A federal audit of education spending in 2017 found 141 265 phantom positions, such as teachers who were no longer teaching.

The audit also showed 1.39 billion pesos ($77m) in irregular payments from education funding, such as unusually high salaries and payments to non-teaching union personnel.

The states of Michoacan and Oaxaca had the highest number of unexplainable payments.

Michoacan suffered paralysing rail blockades in January by striking teachers demanding back pay from the state government.

The crowd on Saturday booed Michoacan Governor Silvano Aureoles, who appeared alongside López Obrador.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    mexico

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.