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Full Time School Program

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Based on the presidential initiative framed by the priority actions of the Education Sector Program and Alliance for Quality in Education, beginning in 2007, the Secretariat of Public Education, together with state education authorities, implemented the Full-time School Program in order to attend mainly to the vulnerable-sector student community and close the gap in inequality in terms of knowledge and ability development, whose aim is the contribution in the increase in educational quality received by children and young Mexicans based on solid principles of equality and a better distribution of resources, as well as heightened participation and joint responsibility in education by parents and society in general.
 
Such initiative, whose principal catalyst is the extension of the time dedicated to the school day and a pedagogical proposal beginning with six Work Lines, is directed toward basic education public schools, preferably those that attend to communities in unfavorable conditions in marginal urban conditions, indigenous peoples, or immigrants; to those that demonstrate low student educational results; and to those that operate on an extended schedule.
 
The school day’s length, number of days of effective classes in the yearly school calendar, and the effective use of school time in educational activities dedicated to the attainment of goals and the study of proposed content, all together, in order to extend basic education student learning opportunities, for which 1,200 hours per year of classes is the goal being sought.
 
Using this foundation, a full-time school is a basic education public school in which all students learn, extends the school week in order to extend children and adolescent learning opportunities, contributes to better educational results, develops and strengthens the national curriculum, stimulates the achievement of quality learning, and equitably attends to the difficulties and needs presented to all students in a sustained manner.
 
General Objective
 
To contribute to the offering of an integral education that balances the preparation of citizen values, the development of abilities, and the acquisition of knowledge through regular classroom activities, teaching practice, and an institutional environment to strengthen democratic and intercultural coexistence.
 
Specific Objectives
 
To contribute to the extension of learning opportunities in schools that are preferably located in unfavorable contexts through the extension of the school week.
 
Operation
 
The federalist spirit that drives the Full-time School Program requires effective coordination among the federal, state, and municipal governments. Likewise, it implies the required intrainstitutional and interinstitutional coordination for articulating the actions taken by the diverse areas responsible for the planning, update, research, evaluation, construction, maintenance, and educational space equipment, materials production, social participation, and administration and finances tasks in favor of public schooling.
 
In this sense, the Secretariat of Public Education, state and municipal governments, within the framework of educational federalism, will jointly promote responsible projects for the correct operation of the Full-time School Program in states and will encourage actions aimed toward the extension of the school day in benefit of public schools. For the purpose of attaining the foregoing, a more in-depth intervention will be sought out in the public schools benefitting from the Full-time School Program, for which an interinstitutional support network will be implemented in order to link, articulate, and potentiate goals, objectives, and program resources at the federal, state, and municipal governmental levels, as well as those promoted by organizations and private institutions that are directed at public schools, in order to increase their scope and social impact, seeking complementarity and avoiding the duplication of recourses in the same benefitted community.
 
For more information: basica.sep.gob.mx/tiempocompleto/
Last update:
Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 19:04:51 by Lussette de Paredes Venegas