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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Spending on education in Latin America will fall 9% in 2020

“Without the pandemic, education spending would have increased by 3.6% from 2019 to 2020 (from US $514 billion to US $532 billion),” according to the report that collected data from 33 countries in the region.

“Since the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is still evolving and the recovery may take longer, the real budgetary consequences may not be seen until 2021.”

In Costa Rica, 73% of 15-year-old students have a computer at home, and 83% have a device with an internet connection, according to the report. Both figures are above the Latin American average (61 and 79%, respectively).

However, there is a sharp divide between Costa Rican students whose families are of different socioeconomic classes. 83% of homes in the top quartile have a laptop, for example, while 37% of families in the lowest quartile have those devices.

“The digital divide and inequality in the material conditions of households and schools are major challenges that must be addressed,” the report warns.

Read the full report here. (Link downloads PDF.) 

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