More than 20 percent of young people in Mexico City aren’t in class.
Sylvia Ortega Salazar, member of the Advisory Council How are we doing, Mexico City? and researcher for the College of Bachelors, stressed the paradox for young people in Mexico City. They say it is extremely hard to pursue their high school and university education due to a lack of institutions and programs. Mexico City also has the country’s highest level of dropouts from the superior education level.
Ortega analyzes information about people who aren’t in school to understand why more than 650,000 teenagers in the country are excluded from the school system, writes Raúl Díaz in El Universal.
One of the worrying indicators in the capital is that more than 20 percent of young people aged 15-17 aren’t going to school, which is exacerbated by the language and mathematics deficiencies shown year on year by proficiency tests such as ENLACE. According to Ortega Salazar, young people that do go through superior education in Mexico City are not learning enough, and after one year 20 percent of them drop out.
She stressed that the overall experience of young people was highly dissatisfactory.
Students are saturated with information, but do not connect their interests to opportunities, and are unable to leave behind the insecure and precarious environments in which they live. All of this means that a graduate from higher education can be seen as the survivor of a rigid and unstimulating system.
This demonstrates the importance of promoting education that adapts to young people rather than waiting for them to adapt to the norms and rigor of the system.
Ortega Salazar also suggests offering mixed programs outside of school and flexible schemes to encourage young people to come back until they graduate.
The three main goals she proposed were to reduce the level of under-education by half, to increase by 40 to 60 percent the amount of students who graduate and to lower dropout levels to at least 11 percent.