72 of nation’s private schools reported deeply in debt to Caja

Government officials say that 72 of the nation’s 397 registered private educational institutions are behind on the mandatory payments to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. That amount is 682.8 million colons or about $1.3 million.

The Caja has begun 34 processes to close institutions and 69 judicial actions to collect money. Just 10 educational centers owe 322.5 million colons, about $608,500, said the Caja. That is 74.4 percent of all the money that is owed, it added.

The Caja said it also was starting 21 criminal cases against educational centers. That happens when Caja subscribers fail to remit the money that has been deducted from employee paychecks.

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