Oaxaca: Teachers suspend their sit-in and strike following agreement with authorities

Maestros de la Sección 22 @ Pagina 3

Teachers from Section 22 @ Pagina 3

On 6 June, teachers from Section 22 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) suspended their strike and sit-in in the Zócalo of Oaxaca de Juárez after having reached an agreement with the state and federal governments regarding their demands.  Although the Section 22 explained that the authorities did not respond adequately in all the points they had raised, more than 20,000 teachers voted in assembly to end the sit-in and suspend the strike after 16 days, while 7,000 voted to continue these measures.

Among the points that are to be observed is found the resignation of Bernardo Vásquez Colmenares, director of the State Institute for Public Education in Oaxaca (IEEPO), and two other governmental functionaries; the non-application of the ENLACE evaluation test in state educational centers; the rejection by the state government of the Alliance for Quality Education (ACE); the cancellation of the irregular modules that the group operates; and the application of 3 million pesos for the preoperative phase of an alternative educational plan advanced by Oaxacan teachers.  Furthermore, the state government promised to install a Truth Commission to investigate the assaults suffered by teachers in the 2006 conflict.

For more information (in Spanish):

La Jornada: Concluyó sección 22 paro de labores en Oaxaca; acepta los ofrecimientos (07/06/2012)

Página 3: Se levanta paro magisterial; las bases rechazan continuarlo, … (06/06/2012)

Noticias: Levantan hoy el plantón magisterial (06/06/2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: March of teachers and social organizations in commemoration of the repression of 25 November 2006 (28 November 2011)

Oaxaca: Fast for justice, 5 years after the murder of José Jiménez Colmenares (19 August 2011)

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