KENYA, Kenya — For some students, a week of class is more than they need.
But for others, it is the only thing to do.
The schools in the western Mexican state of Guerrero closed Monday after the government shut down the country’s primary and secondary schools.
The state’s governors said the closure was necessary to save $3 billion.
But the schools were still open, with many students returning to school for the first time in three years.
“I’m glad it’s over, because I’m happy because we were here for two weeks, we were in school, we did our homework, we got to meet our friends and eat dinner,” said 16-year-old Jovira Gonzalez, a junior at El Guajarico, a school in the town of Cazán, on the border with Tamaulipas.
Gonzalez’s class was in the middle of the week.
She was able to catch up on homework and work in the library, but she was unable to go to the sports field or the soccer field.
In Mexico, public schools are supposed to stay open through the end of September, but schools that don’t reopen after the school holidays are required to pay fees to the government for the extra time they need to reopen.
Many parents, however, said they were forced to make do without classes because of a lack of money.
“It’s not my fault that they closed the schools,” said Maria Rosario, a single mother from Tamauli, Mexico’s largest city.
“I paid them for them.
They are supposed be there.”
Parents are still hoping to find some sort of way to help their children return to school.
A local activist group, the Instituto Nacional de la Educación, said it was sending 50 teachers to Guerrero to help teachers find jobs, as well as to help the teachers’ families.
The governor of Guerrero’s capital, Guerrero, said Monday that teachers who are not back in school would have to go back to school without pay.
But Guerrero’s legislature has rejected a plan to give teachers the option to return to work by offering a monthly stipend of $20,000, according to a news report from the Associated Press.
“We cannot do this without the support of the people of Guerrero,” said Guerrero state governor Fernando Alfaro, according with a statement.
A teacher’s union representing teachers in Guerrero said the state’s schools would reopen in the coming days.
“They can do it,” said María Luis Rodriguez, president of the Mexico Federation of Teachers, according in a statement to local media.
“If the government does not allow the teachers to return, the teachers can return.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.