Peruvian teachers may register mental and physical health

Through the approval of Supreme Decree No. 017-2019, in December 2019, the Ministry of Education (Minedu), implemented new measures for the recruitment of teachers for this year, which included requirements such as the certificate of good health, both physical and mental.

On January 10 of this year, the Minedu ordered that the state of good mental and physical health, in case of not having a certificate, can be registered with a simple affidavit. This communication was addressed to the regional directors of Education, of the different Ugeles of the country and also to those responsible for military colleges.


Aware of the decision of the Minedu, several unions such as Sutep, the College of Teachers and the College of Psychologists described this decision as ‘risky’, as it could end up hiring teachers not suitable to deal with situations such as bullying or others.

In addition to the economic problem, many teachers complained that the time they had to obtain the certificate was very short, which is much worse because not all hospitals in Lima and Callao have areas that issue them. They indicated that the document is more difficult to process in the interior regions of the country.


On the other hand, Minedu released a list with more than 106 thousand places that will be available for the 2020 teacher hiring process, which must be validated until January 14 by each Regional Directorate of Education and Local Educational Management Unit (UGEL).

Teachers must meet the following requirements: have a degree as a teacher or a bachelor of education, enjoy good physical and mental health, be under 65 years of age, in addition to not having been disabled to perform public office and not have a sentence for fraudulent crime, terrorist offenses, against sexual freedom among others established by law.

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