7,000 schools in Jalisco will be closed due to non-payment of teachers

Due to the lack of payment to at least 2,000 teachers of the federal subsystem, next Monday, classes will be suspended in about 7,000 basic education schools in Jalisco – half of the 13,000 in the state- which will directly affect 800,000 students.

This was announced today by the Secretary General of Section 16 of the Union of Education Workers (SNTE) in the State, Elpidio Yáñez Rubio.

According to the union leader, despite the constant work tables with authorities of the Jalisco Ministry of Education (SEJ), the problem of lack of payment of fortnights persists, in some cases, they have accumulated up to three months of debt.

The public schools that will be affected are distributed in the Metropolitan Area and in the interior of the State, and they are preschool, primary and secondary.

“Before today we do not have a complete answer since the answers of the Secretariat have been partial, we made the decision next Monday to suspend the educational service.”

“The teachers will attend the schools in their schedules, we will sign in, out, we will spend the night there, but the educational service will not be given, as of today we were informing the parents very early,” he explained.

Yáñez Rubio said that the federal authorities have not left them with another alternative, because they have been authorizing extraordinary payroll, but not everyone is paid, besides that, the payments are not constant or normal.

Classes will resume on Tuesday and until Thursday, the day on which teachers expect a definitive answer, otherwise, they will start with staggered stoppages of work, possibly demonstrations on public roads and even taking buildings.

In addition to the lack of payments, the secretary general of Section 16, accuses that there are also misplaced checks, because apparently, the root problem is that the software of the Contribution Fund for Educational Payroll and Operational Expenditure (FONE), is not compatible with the state system, which has led to an administrative disorder.

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