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Millions of schoolchildren across Mexico began the academic year this week in front of a TV. But teachers in Oaxaca say televised classes won’t meet fundamental educational needs and many families lack the technology to keep up, deepening Mexico's socioeconomic divide.

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Santi, 6, follows a televised kindergarten lesson in his home as students return to classes but not schools in Mexico City, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. 

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