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Education Gap at Alarming Level in Mexico, Warn Researchers

Emir Olivares Alonso - La Jornada
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April 4, 2013
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Teachers in Oaxaca continue to protest against educational reform. (Jorge Alberto Pérez)

  • 32 million people are under-educated; 5.4 million are illiterate
  • Only three in 10 young adults between the ages of 19 and 23 have access to higher education

The education gap in Mexico has reached an alarming level, as 41 percent of the population over the age of 15 (32 million Mexicans) find themselves within it. This figure is almost equivalent to the number of people who are currently in the school system, university researchers said.

Alejandro Canales Sánchez, from the Institute of University and Educational Research (Iisue) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) expressed disappointment that, while education is a social right enshrined in the Constitution, there are currently 5.4 million Mexicans who are illiterate, 10 million who did not finish primary school, and 16.4 million who did not finish middle school, all of whom have fallen into an educational gap.

According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013, published by the World Economic Forum, the quality of basic education in Mexico is 118th out of 144 nations ranked.

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