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Using TV And Radio, Mexican Students Will Go Back To School

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Office of the Mexican President
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2020.

MEXICO CITY — While the U.S. debates the safety of reopening schools amid a pandemic, the Mexican government has announced that students will start school from home. 

Mexico’s secretary of public education, Esteban Moctezuma, announced that elementary and junior high education will start on Aug. 24, but schools will stay closed

"The reality is that it’s time to be patient and careful to avoid situations like those seen in Israel, the UK or South Korea, where schools had to close almost immediately after reopening," Moctezuma said. 

The federal government signed an agreement with the four largest broadcasting companies in Mexico to offer long-distance classes to about 30 million students using radio and TV.

Critics say the government is not being clear and allows some businesses to reopen, forcing many parents to go to work, while leaving their kids in limbo.

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Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.