José Alexander González Ceballos, 14 years old, he is the oldest of three siblings. When he learned that he would have to finish the rest of the 2019-2020 school year remotely, he thought about how difficult it would be to share a phone with his little sister, who is in preschool, and his brother, in primary school, to follow their classes online.
What he did not imagine is that the suspension of classes would extend until his last year of high school, in which his average dropped due to not having enough tools to study.
“It was very stressful because he didn’t finish and she didn’t finish, and it was late for me to enter class. If he didn’t go in, he would lose class and punctuality, ”he says.
He was questioned if he was scolded by his teachers or some punishment.
“Yes, that he no longer came back in late because he was losing consciousness,” the teenager shared.
Maricela ceballos, mother of Jose Alexander, Itzel Y UrielShe had to stop working as a merchant to care for and guide her children, meanwhile her husband, a bricklayer, looked for extra work.
Despite scarce resources, the family that lives in the Gloria Mendiola neighborhood, in Monterrey, saved to buy another cell phone. However, each month they struggle to pay for the internet and buy the pantry.
“We didn’t understand him, it was difficult because he just had a phone and he with the classes, the teachers by video call, then he too, and then the girl with impressions.
“If it increased because anyway you go to the cyber to print and you have to put a balance on the phone, apart is 40 or 50 pesos more of it (for copies)”, added.
After a year and a half of the covid-19 pandemic, time in which students have not had face-to-face classes, Lesvy Hernandez Santiago She can no longer afford to be a full-time homemaker: she has to work to help with her household expenses and she is aware that her daughter, Maridamia, age 8, needs direct support from teachers who can better guide her with her education.
“Hopefully now, because she needs a little more support and the child who is going to start preschool (too), so that she gets used to being alone. I do need him to go to school, ”he said.
The woman is a member of a Zapotec community that came to Laderas del Mirador years ago, in Monterrey, looking for better job opportunities. She worked as a cook, but her work was interrupted by the pandemic, because knowing how restless the girl who is in the second grade of primary school is, she decided to support her in her studies, although not even she understood the use of technology well.
“At first, no, to enter classes we did not find how to turn on the audio, the camera, but since the children are faster, she understood how to enter that,” he explained.
Maridamia confirmed that being at home surrounded by her cousins, represents a distraction to study.
“Yes, and that’s why I start playing with my cousins. When I go to class, I will run here ”, he said with a laugh.
Lesvy and her husband had to buy a tablet on credit so that the little girl could take her classes, an expense that they had not contemplated and that they hope to recover soon with more work … if the pandemic allows them to do so.