Cuban president congratulates students on their International Day

Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday congratulated students on their International Day and highlighted the contributions of the sector to the country.

On his Twitter account, the president referred to a recent article published in Granma newspaper that recognizes the efforts of the new generations to defuse the impacts on education by the United States blockade and Covid-19.

‘In the pride of Cuba, its students. #Student Day. Congratulations to all those who study, which is the most noble, challenging and enriching task of life,’ the head of State tweeted.

According to the Cuban newspaper, the country dedicated 23.7 percent of its 2020 budget to education, despite the hostile US policy and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Only the effects due to the economic blockade in the sector, between April 2019 and March 2020, are estimated at 21.226 million dollars, which implies various deficiencies that limited the teaching and learning process at different educational levels, the leader added.

Regardless of those obstacles, face-to-face classes were suspended in March due to the pandemic and television teaching activities began, prioritizing children, adolescents and young people living in remote areas, to create the necessary conditions in each site.

Over 18,400 students took the most recent Higher Education entrance exams, and 70.5 percent passed the three tests about the subjects evaluated.

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