Two out of three students in rural schools in Colombia do not know how to read: what the Minister of Education proposed

File photo. A teacher walks into a classroom of students who are social distancing and wearing masks at a public school. Photo: REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

The Minister of Education Alejandro Gaviriaassured that two out of three children who attend rural schools in Colombia cannot reada situation he described as “crisis” and therefore indicated that the portfolio should work towards providing more solutions for the youth in the country.

“If we go to a rural school or college and find a 10-year-old child, he probably can’t read. Two out of three children of this age in public education do not know how to read and this is a crisis (…) We have a crisis, this is the name that needs to be called in our education system,” Minister Gaviria said.

The officer added that to the above, other “crises” are added, such as the lack of infrastructure and budget for the sector.

“There are other dimensions to this crisis, more current and specific, of lack of funding and structural deficits in both primary and higher pre-school education”emphasized the head of the Department of Education.

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Minister Gaviria pointed out that this is necessary reform law 30 on 1992with purpose end of stratification in Colombia And so, allow education in the country to be universally accessible.

Likewise, the Head of the Education portfolio pointed out that of the portfolio, they hope to be able to fund the higher education of the country’s young people from their enrollment to their graduation date.

“We strongly believe that without opportunities, desertion will increase, so we must work to increase opportunities for our young people; we need to reach all ends with an education that respects the roots of each of them,” Gaviria said.

In line with guaranteeing universal access to education in Colombia, the Minister also proposed this boys and girls in the country can receive lessons supplementing the school day, which will be done remotely.

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“Teachers who work hand-in-hand with teachers who call students at home, the act of calling them is very powerful: ‘Someone was worried about what was happening to my studies.’ We will start with the pilots,” said the Head of Education .

Similarly, Minister Gaviria suggested to young students carry out volunteer work to strengthen education and support boys and girls from educational institutions in the country.

“Voluntary program, we envision universities going there and we will take advantage of a school infrastructure plan to arrive with teacher training,” the minister added.

File image Students attend class at a school in Bogota, Colombia, in a file photo.  Photo: EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda
File image Students attend class at a school in Bogota, Colombia, in a file photo. Photo: EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda

The portfolio manager for education also announced that from the subject will work for the mental health of teachers and students in the country So as he assured, She was hit hard during the pandemic because her workload increased.

“Teachers are exhausted, during the pandemic their workload has increased, and their fatigue is understandable, alternatives must be sought. Among students, we see a significant increase in cases of violence, which worries us, but we know that a psychologist does not solve it, we need to work on creating programs where our young people feel happy to go to study,” he explained. Gaviria.

According to RCN radio, the Ministry of Education is expected to submit an application to the Congress of the Republic in the coming months the reform in education to improve the quality of education for children and young people in the country.


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