Unfortunately, "mandatory" just doesn't have the weight in México that it has in the NOB cultures—that goes for a LOT of things besides education. There is no real Mexican equivalent to the NOB truant officer, nor are parents brought to task for not at least trying to keep their kids in school.
As far as "mandatory" secundaria, I'm pretty certain that happened (at least in most states) quite a bit before the Fox administration. It was in the latter days of the Fox administration (or the very early days of the Calderón administration) that "mandatory prepa" was voted in (with a 10 year phase-in to allow states that didn't have any state funded preparatoria program to get up to speed). I'm fairly certain that that "mandatory" program will suffer from the lack of enforcement, just as the lower levels do.
Don't talk to ME about Zacatecas being an agricultural state! Remember, I live in Sinaloa, the most "agricultural" of all the states in México—especially if you count the crops grown almost solely for export - LOL. I KNOW that Sinaloa had mandatory, state funded secundaria by at least 1985, because that's when my wife began secundaria in Los Mochis. When she graduated from secundaria, she was unable to go to prepa as she wanted because there were no state funded preparatorias at the time and her folks couldn't afford a "particular", i.e., private, preparatoria. She had to wait until she was able to do her three years in prepa at her own expense before she could enter the university program that she wanted.
(This post was edited by mazbook1 on Jan 4, 2011, 5:23 PM)
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(Enthusiast) on Jan 4, 2011, 5:23 PM