Maps and data about public education to be released next week

The Programa Estado de la Nación has generated maps and data that provide a picture of public education in Costa Rica.

The agency and the Programa de Investigación en Desarrollo Humano Sostenible de la Universidad de Costa Rica will present what is being called an educational atlas Wednesday.

Also participating are the Ministerio de Educación Pública and the economics faculty at the university.

The atlas is being characterized as a tool.  A broad summary of the state of the nation study contained no surprises.

For example, one finding is that the large- and medium-sized communities have bigger schools than the small ones located in the rural Nicoya peninsula, the central Pacific and the Brunca region.

The atlas will provide statistics on many variables, including student dropouts, repeating students and schools in areas of geological risk, said a summary.

The report noted that the big increase in student numbers was in the decades of the 1960s and 1970s.

After the presentation next week, the data and the maps will be on the agency’s Web site.

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