Education in Campaing Speeches: Missing in Action

More jobs and less poverty is the refrain of Central American politicians, while they say little or nothing about education, without which there are no jobs nor wealth generation.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Even in Costa Rica, where its educational system during the past century allowed the country to reach higher development levels than its neighbors, education is not a priority issue in the election campaign which is in full swing, despite the fact that the Costa Rican public education system is visibly losing more and more students as parents are increasingly opting for private schools and colleges in order to try to secure a decent future for their children.

The business community should demand more attention to education, without which there is no development. The business community, which is asked to produce more and better jobs, cannot meet this requirement if it does not have the skilled labor needed to compete globally.

In this regard, an evaluation of the education system and its results should be carried out using international standards, the same environment where companies must compete to sell their products and services.

The Central American business community must demand from governments the implementation of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the OCDE, an essential component of any program of educational improvement. It should also put pressure on political parties and their candidates to include education as the first issue in their government programs.

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