Only two of every ten Mexican students who graduate from public schools in Mexico know English, according to a recent study, Sorry, English learning in Mexico. Mexicans First, the organization that did the study said that 97 percent of the students in the public system did not have the English level required by the Public Education Ministry, SEP, for all junior high school graduates.
However, according to the organization the SEP, simulates as if the students are learning English.
Miguel Szekely, director of the Center for Educational and Social Studies, said that for the study they took a represetative group of more than 4 thousand students who had recently graduated from public junior high schools in Culiacan, Tijuana, Monterrey, Puebla, Mexico City, Guadalajara and Toluca. Mexico has a requirement since 2011 that children be taught English from pre-kinder to junior high school.