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Getting It Right

Strategic Agenda for Reforms in Mexico

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Getting it Right is one of the most complete toolkits that the OECD has designed to help a country at the start of a new government administration. In this publication, the focus of the Organisation’s multidisciplinary knowledge is on Mexico; the discussion is enriched with international experience, and comparison based on best practices. In addition, the report identifies the Mexican economy’s strengths and weaknesses so as to support the design, promotion and implementation of key public policies for better economic performance.

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The Challenges for the Education System

Despite a challenging environment, Mexico has scored important achievements in expanding and strengthening its education system over the Past decade. Nevertheless, the system is still faced with major challenges regarding students’ enrolment, performance and transition to the labour market. This calls for further significant reforms, in particular: improving support to schools and teachers so they can accomplish their tasks; developing vocational education and training; and making tertiary education more relevant and accessible to more students. Past measures have not always achieved the expected results because of structural weaknesses. These include a lack of consensus and capacity, and an unclear distribution of responsibilities in a decentralised system. Capacities need to be improved and expanded, not only at the federal level but also in the states and schools themselves. The decisions announced by President Peña Nieto during his inaugural Message to the Nation, the education commitments of the Pact for Mexico, as well as the initiative of constitutional reform and the administrative changes announced regarding the management of the education system and the organization and supervision of teachers are encouraging signs that change may be coming to this important sector. Key focus on effective implementation should follow through.

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