Mexico drops burdensome requirements for children coming from abroad attempting to enroll in schools
- The Education Department announced that migrant students will no longer have to provide government-certified, translated transcripts from their original schools in order to enroll officially.
- Previously, families faced costs that climbed into the hundreds of dollars in order to obtain apostilles and government-approved translations.
- According to one NGO, there are an estimated 307,000 foreign-born students studying in Mexican schools, with the population of Mexico-born returning migrant children potentially as large or larger.
“Our task is to guarantee equal access to educational services … for migrants, who are an extremely vulnerable sector of the population. … Our goal is to make sure that access, retention and promotion in the educational system is based only on children’s academic performance.”
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