Why insist on making students learn French instead of applying the resources invested in teaching this language to other languages that are more in demand by the market such as English, Portuguese, German or Mandarin?
The design of school and college curriculums is supposed to be primarily based on the objectives of the political social project being promoted by the government, which should prioritise preparing students for incorporation into the national economy, complemented by cultural elements which should cover the ENTIRE population of the country.
Arguing anomalies in the evaluation of tenders, the consortium made up of Meco and Edificadora Centroamericana Rapiparedes has requested a suspension of the tender whose value is around $180 million.
The economic proposal submitted by the consortium that launched the appeal obtained the second best score, behind the consortium with the best score, of 893 points. The contract is to design and build the Higher Technical Institute of the East (ITSE by its initials in Spanish) in Tocumen.
The quality that the school system has today will determine the quality and development that the economy can achieve tomorrow.
Panama's decision to re-join the group of countries which every three years submit their education systems to the PISA test run by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will determine any lags that may exist in the model of education in respect to developed countries, and lay the foundation for analyzing the changes that need to be made to increase the capacity of analysis and understanding of students today, for better socio-economic development in the future.
The regional trade fair for franchises 'Expofranquicias 2016', will be held on 12th and 13th of May in Costa Rica.
From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica:
Costa Rica, March 14, 2016. More than 100 exhibiting companies and 4,000 investors from the Caribbean, North, Central and South America and Europe, will participate in the seventh version of the only regional trade fair for franchises: Expofranquicia, which will be held on 12th and 13th of May in Costa Rica with the aim of promoting the opening of new franchises in the region.
A visit to Costa Rica by the German Education Minister has put back on the table the concept of dual education, an education method where time is shared between the traditional classroom and work as an apprentice in a trade or professional specialty, in a company.
In Panama the date for receipt of bids in the tender for the construction of the Higher Technical Institute of the East in Tocumen has been postponed until February 26.
The Ministry of the Presidency has postponed until February 26, 2016, the delivery of economic proposals for the design and construction of the Higher Technical Institute East (ITSE) in the province of Panama.
Gaps in GDP per capita between different countries are directly related to the productivity gaps between their respective economies, with education being the main factor in these differences.
The OECD report "Promoting inclusive growth of productivity in Latin America" says that although the region made progress in reducing poverty over the past 20 years, it still stands out at the global level, because of the unequal income its inhabitants.
In Costa Rica teachers at the National Institute who trains technicians, are preparing to teach classes on "social solidarity economy" under the concept that "private businesses have little or no critical concience about workers".
Private companies are wary of the recent inclusion of concepts related to cooperatives and unions in the educational programs at the National Institute of Learning, whose main objective is the teaching of technical skills, and whose resources come mainly, with 80%, from the private sector.
Despite its development in advanced countries, including the more established social democracies, dual education is fundamentally opposed by those who will always be threatened by any changes.
As with education unions throughout Latin America, where there is an imperative need for radical changes in education systems which are increasingly lagging behind the rest of the world, in Costa Rica the corporation of education workers is radically opposed to any changes, even those that have proven successful in countries with political systems focused on social welfare such as the European social democracies, as is dual education.
Dual education is a system which corrects the permanent discrepancy that exists between centralized education and labor supply, reducing youth unemployment and increasing the productivity of economies.
The use of professional training is the foundation for the success of Germany's productivity, and has been adopted in most European countries, with particular strength in Austria and Switzerland. In Germany it has helped the country to maintain a low rate of youth unemployment and has ensured a supply of technical experts for their companies and from this the competitiveness of the German economy has increased.
The private sector is proposing that universities develop courses at a technical level in areas such as electronics or hospitality, rather than just focusing on higher level academic degrees and diplomas.
This shift in the educational system which it is hoped will happen in universities would need to be a public-private joint effort, since, according to presidential advisor Bayardo Arce, "... Low levels of science, technology and innovation have affected economic development .... "
In order to produce citizens capable of making good financial decisions the first step should be to teach them mathematics.
Charlie Wells's article in The Wall Street Journal highlights results from a study which relativizes the importance of early learning finance when it comes to citizen's ability to address the management of their mortgages, household budgets or companies. Apparently, the most successful in these areas are people who received lessons on finance as children, compared to those who did not.
The unemployment rate now reaches 10% in a population where 60% of workers have not completed high school, but teachers refuse to be evaluated on their ability in subjects they teach.
An article in Nacion.com cites statements by Victor Morales, Minister of Labour, on the rising unemployment levels in Costa Rica: "...There is a mismatch between supply and demand in the corporate sector. There is a demand for skilled technicians; but most of the Costa Rican labor force is unskilled. 60% have not finished high school; it is a national drama. "