Still as Secretary of Education, Delfina Gómez justified the elimination of the Full-Time Schools Program with a supposed study that showed its flaws.
However, when doing a request for information and after contesting an unsatisfactory first response, the Ministry of Public Education confirmed that it does not have such a study, mentioned in a meeting with deputies on April 28.
In its response, the Secretariat only attached an Excel document with the list of the 27 thousand 67 schools that had the full-time program (PETC), and the data on their location, level of marginalization, number of students and if there was service feeding.
Without adding any statistical analysis, or attaching other types of documentary evidence.
“The study in question was not located”, “No information related to the act was found,” responded instances of the SEP.
Among them, the Office of the C. Secretary (OCS), the Headquarters of the Office of the Secretary (JOS), the Undersecretary of Basic Education (SEB), the General Directorate of the School is Ours (DGLEEN) and the General Directorate of School Management and Territorial Approach (DGGEyET).
Political Animal sought out the SEP Communications area to find out if they wanted to make a precision, but until the publication of this note they had not responded.
Inaccurate figures on schools
“Based on one study, the benefits of the Full-Time Schools Program did not reach everyone and, in some cases, were not applied,” he said. the Secretariat’s statement in April, about Gómez’s meeting with the Coordination Board.
Without detailing where the data of the supports that were not applied are, only referring to the supposed study, which the Secretariat does not have.
“Through a study, It was detected that almost 20,000 schools, that is, 73 percent of those served in the 2020-2021 school year, were not located in places with high degrees of marginalization,” the same bulletin stated in another point.
In a review of the Excel document on the campuses that had PETC, it was found that it was not 73%, but 48% of schools that were not in areas of high or very high marginalization.
Of the 27,067 schools, 2,157 had a very high level of marginalization (8%); 11 thousand 972 a high level of marginalization (44.2%).
3 thousand 712 are located in medium level areas (13.7%); 3 thousand 385 in low marginalization zones, and 5 thousand 157 in very low marginalization zones (19.1%).
“He pointed out that, of the 27 thousand 67 schools served by the PETC, in the 2020-2021 school year, just over half were rural, 30 percent urban and only 18 percent, indigenous”, Gómez also added, according to the SEP statement.
In the latter, the calculation on indigenous areas was also inaccurate, because it is actually 12.8%. The figures for rural and urban areas do coincide with the data in the document.
“He explained that 14 thousand 739 provided food to one million 427 thousand children, which means that 46 percent did not provide the service that the instrument entailed,” the secretary also said.
These figures are correct, according to the table, 12,328 campuses (46%) do not have food service, and 14,740 do.
“This program, like others, was managed with a lot of mediation, it did not reach everyone, it did not reach the poorest communities and in some cases the resource was not even applied and used,” President López Obrador said at the conference on March 7, without documenting the alleged diversion of resources.
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