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    Barricades during teacher's protests in Oaxaca, Mexico, June 19, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Statements come as the government is having unsuccessful talks with the dissident teachers of the CNTE union.

Mexico “will continue to deepen” the controversial education reform that has resulted in violent repression of teacher protests, Education Minister Aurelio Nuño said on Thursday.

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Nuño called the law, which was implemented by President Enrique Peña Nieto, a "central and essential project” that Mexico needs to be successful in the twenty-first century.

The minister gave these statements during a meeting with the head of the government-recognized teachers union, the SNTE.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osoio Chong met with leaders from the radical CNTE teachers union, who have been leading protests against the reform. No agreements resulted from talks, which followed the massacre of 12 people in the southern state of Oaxaca during CNTE-led protests against the reform.

Teachers have been protesting since 2013, when Peña Nieto presented the education reform as part of a set of 11 radical neoliberal reforms in key areas such as finance, health and energy sector.

The CNTE resumed protests last month and called for a national strike due to the government's refusal to discuss the reform.

CNTE and other critics say the reform is an excuse to engage in massive layoffs, and does not respond to the need of Mexicans, especially those in marginalized rural and Indigenous areas.

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