Currently, the Ministry of Education is focusing on improving the quality of education with an emphasis on rural areas; implementing equity programmes and linking curricula to the world of work are just a few of the improvements the Minister hopes to make. Read more about education in Costa Rica here!
In early 2012, the Government of Costa Rica committed to spending eight per cent of GDP on education, but has not yet put in place a strategy for investing the extra funds.
Many new teachers cannot find employment. The government is refusing to reduce the number of children necessary to justify an increase in teaching positions. Teachers are seeking a reduction in their class contact hours (from the current 40 hours per week) in order to allow them more time for class preparation. There has been no collective bargaining by unions in the sector.