Learning in Mexico

Most elementary schools are run by the federal government. A minority are run by state governments or private organizations. Primary education is free and compulsory for all children until the age of 15, although the average attendance is only 6.5 years. Vocational and technical training is emphasized in secondary schools. There are also educational programs for children with learning difficulties, and for students with outstanding abilities.

Literacy programs are available for adults. These are usually directed toward isolated rural communities and Native groups. Secondary school students are taught English as a second language. This training is particularly intensive in private schools.

Mexico has universities, technological institutes and teachers' colleges. After secondary school, young people attend preparatory schools either to prepare for studies in higher institutions or to prepare for entry into the work force. The private universities, which far outnumber the public ones, offer a better quality of education. There are also opportunities for long distance learning. These courses range from basic level to graduate studies, and include teacher training and work skills.

Did you know?

Currently, some special education programs are available for nearly 5 million Native children living in poor areas of the country.