Higher education budget sought to reduce dropouts

The education ministry wants a budget for next year that is 11.4 percent higher that will allow it to hire 3,467 new employees. That was the report Wednesday from Leonardo Garnier, minister of  Educación Pública, when he appeared before the legislative budget committee.

He said that curbing the dropout rate and providing better access to the Internet were priorities in the budget. The ministry has 77,787 employees this year. and salaries make up 29.1 percent of the current budget. About half the secondary school students leave before receiving their diploma, according to recent statistics.

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