Cuba Bets for Higher Rigor in Education

Havana, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) Increasing the quality and rigor of the teaching process in Cuba is one of the fundamental work lines of the Ministry of Education, assured today the head of the sector, Ena Elsa Velázquez.

According to Velázquez, in order to strengthen these guidelines, adequate training of teaching staff in the country’s educational institutions is crucial to train more competent professionals.

When intervening in the Education Commission of the Cuban parliament, the minister said that the training and improvement of teachers becomes a key element in the process of enhancing the national education system.

Velázquez recalled that at present the Caribbean island has 26 pedagogical schools, counting up over 24,000 students.

At another point in her speech, she elaborated details about the 2017-2018 school year, in which 1, 740, 431 students were enrolled in 10, 688 schools.

Cuban classrooms now have over 225,000 teachers, of whom 79.9 percent are women, a figure that represents the high participation and commitment of women in the national educational process, the official added.

On Monday, the 10 permanent work commissions of the National Assembly of People’s Power, made up of 380 of the 605 lawmakers of the 9th Legislature, will meet at the Havana Convention Center.

The parliamentarians were elected on March 11 in the 2017-2018 general elections.

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