US Blockade Attacks Quality of Education in Cuba

Havana, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The economic, financial and trade blockade of Cuba, imposed by the United States for more than 50 years, has affected, especially, the educational system in the Caribbean island, the Education Ministry (MINED) reported today in this capital.

According to the official spokesman of that Government entity, PhD Paul Torres, the damage are very significant, due to the importance granted by the country to quality education and full access to it.

The blockade is the main reason for which the United States and Cuba do not have mechanisms for exporting services, area in which the island has international prestige, or for feedback in their respective educational systems, Torres told the media.

He also said that US unilateral measure limited the potential income to Cuba, for the concept of service exports.

The report presented by MINED’s spokesman, about the period from April, 2015 to March, 2016, specified that there have been significant losses, due to relocation of trade.

Torres explained that although Cuba had access to relatively advantageous credits for imports from China, it has had to pay large sums of money for charter fees.

However, despite the limitations and shortage caused by the blockade, there has been a strong will in Cuba for decades to develop the national educational system and that effort was translated into important international achievements in global acknowledgment to the quality of education in this country, he asserted.

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