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Mexico's Cámara de Diputados, or lower legislative body, today approved a proposed constitutional amendment which will mandate a high school education
for all students. The measure now passes to the legislatures of the 32
Mexican states (including the federal district) for formal ratification.
Seventeen of those must approve it before it can be signed into law by
president Felipe Calderón.
The proposed amendment was passed once
before by the lower house, in December 2010. But the Mexican Senate made
some minor changes to the law, which had to be approved by the
deputies. They did so today by an easy margin.
that by 2021, the plan for mandatory secondary education will be in
place throughout Mexico. Currently, Mexican law requires only nine years
of education. The new law will mandate 12. Mexico has over 20 million
citizens between 10 and 19 years of age.