Investing in Primary and Secondary Education and Not University

In Costa Rica the 14% increase in funds for state universities has generated discussion even within the sector, over which stages of education produces better results from investment in terms of economic performance and social justice.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


The analyst Francisco Villalobos in his article on reports on the data regarding investments made by middle class families in the education of their children, noting that "the budget increase demanded by universities should be directed towards primary and secondary education therefore the state can support families when they most need support. "

"... More and more people, not only those on low incomes, are not able to send their children to a school which provides basic learning tools ... When it comes time to go to University and then on to the labor market, the difference between their children and those who could afford private school, will be abysmal. "

"... Funding for education should definitely be invested in primary and secondary education and not in universities, we must enter into a process of questioning about what we are producing and who we are funding. "

"... Why for example, are public university car parks full of cars and those students who do have a car, are not paying for parking? "

"... Why do young people not pay at least the same as they would pay in a private school when they enter the U? "

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