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Over 200,000 school uniforms given to children

Cancun, Q.R. — For the second year, more than 200,000 school uniforms will be given to children around the state.

At a press conference, the Secretary of Education in Quintana Roo Ana Isabel Vázquez Jiménez and the senior official Manuel Israel Alamilla Ceballos, said that 222,602 public school uniforms will be given to families in 1,270 schools across the state.

The program, which was started last year by the governor, will ensure public school children receive the uniforms, said Ana Vázquez.

“This is the second consecutive year that, through the School Uniforms Program promoted by Governor Carlos Joaquín, we made the delivery of packages that will include two polo shirts, pants and shorts, which will allow all children to attend school with equal clothing.”

She said that as part of the program, 166,766 backpacks will also be delivered along with basic school supplies. These supplies will be distributed between 694 schools of basic and indigenous education levels.

The total investment will be 120 million peso. She added that “local manpower and local materials will be maximized in order to reduce costs. All things being equal, priority must be given to local manufacturing.”

The school uniforms and supplies are meant to help encourage families to keep their children in school.

Information from the National Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2016, showed that nationally, families spend an average of 12.4 percent of their quarterly income on education, which averaged 3,495 peso. In Quintana Roo, the average education cost to a family is 4,258 peso per child per year.