Getting it Right

Strategic Priorities for Mexico

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Mexico has been a reform champion, having launched ambitious reforms in a broad range of areas. While the reforms are showing first positive effects they are not delivering to the extent they could. On many dimensions of well-being, including education, health and security amongst others, Mexico still lags behind the OECD average and regional development remains very uneven. While Mexico has done a lot to build a competitive economy, progress has been too slow in two complementary areas, namely strengthening institutions and fostering inclusion. The capacity of the public sector is weak, corruption remains widespread and the rule of law is week, all hindering trust in government institutions and the effective implementation of policies. Similarly, persistent inequalities and widespread poverty do not only mean that higher growth does not translate into widespread gains in well-being; these inequalities are also holding back growth as Mexico is not using all available talent. Mexico has taken measures to tackle these issues, but important implementation gaps remain. It will be important for the next government to build on past reform efforts, ensuring the full and effective implementation of already legislated changes to allow for reform continuity and to launch additional reforms in several priority areas, including the rule of law, education and social protection. Only then will Mexico be able to deliver a higher quality of life for all its people.

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Raising the quality and equity of Mexico's education and skills system

Mexico has one of the largest and most complex education systems in the OECD. Despite its geographic, cultural and socio-economic diversity, Mexico has made significant progress in expanding and strengthening its education system. Today, nearly all children between the ages of 4 and 14 are in school and the country is working to raise upper secondary and tertiary education completion. Mexico’s constitutional reform in 2012 made quality education a right for all Mexicans and has led to positive changes in the management of the education system and helped professionalise the teaching workforce. Effective implementation of this reform will be key to strengthening the country’s education system.

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