ERIC Number: ED438999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Telesecundaria: Using TV To Bring Education to Rural Mexico. Education & Technology Technical Notes Series, Vol. 3, No. 2.
Mexico's television-based rural education program, Telesecundaria, has been in operation for over 30 years, and now serves almost 800,000 students in grades 7-9 in 12,700 rural communities. Communities can initiate a Telesecundaria program by providing at least 15 primary school completers with a place to study. The national and state education ministries provide the rest--a teacher, television, signal decoder, satellite dish, wiring, the instructional program, books, and teacher training. Lessons consist of a 15-minute televised program, followed by a guided 35-minute teacher-student dialogue, and a 10-minute break before the next lesson begins. Throughout the curriculum, there is an emphasis on students playing an active role in engaging the community in efforts to improve their quality of life. Courses are designed to involve students in group activities and to be relevant to the students' rural environments. Inservice training of Telesecundaria teachers is also provided through televised programs. Almost 75 percent of Telesecundaria students successfully complete grade 9, 21 percent continue on to high school, and 15 percent pursue technical careers. A complete breakdown of costs is presented. The satellite that distributes the program reaches beyond Mexico--Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala are now using it. Future plans include opening 4,500 new Telesecundaria schools, a high school program, a junior high school program for adults, and use of computers and the Internet in schools with access to telephone lines. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Mexico