Costa Rica

Education in Costa Rica
-Basic general education is compulsory and free. This is supervised by the Ministry of Public Education (MEP).

-Primary coverage is practically universal while secondary round 70%.

-The rate of literacy in the country is 94.9% and is considered as one of the best in Latin America.

-Possesses five public universities, which are: the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (TEC), National University (UNA), National At Distance University (UNED), Costa Rica University (UCR), National Technological Univerity (UTEC).
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Education in Costa Rica is free and of quality for all social strata.
Left: Elementary students from a school of the capital.

Right: High school students at La Suiza-Turrialba CTPAS.
Technical careers in State educational institutions, give their contribution to students who do not continue their studies in universities, allowing them to obtain a business technical work.

Here: students of the technical career Agro-ecology. La Suiza, Turrialba Professional Technical College.
-We can also name the National Training Institute (INA) which is a public institution to form the working class and the underprivileged, training them in technical areas for the generation of new companies and the continuation of their studies of upper level.

-In addition to operate more than 50 private universities; other, smaller, they appear and disappear, working precariously without adequate financial means and physical plant of fortune that foster a quality higher education.

-There are approximately 175,000 students among the various public and private universities that exist.

-The country has also important study and research centers such as the school of Agronomy of the Wet Tropical Region (EARTH), the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (InBio), where we study the flora and fauna of the country, the INCAE (Business School), which is a graduate school of Business Administration attached to Harvard University and the University for peace which is a university affiliated to the Organization of the United Nations and the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Turrialba.

-The system of formal education in school is formed by academic colleges (academic study centers for the advancement within the formal system) and technical professional colleges who provide to the boys get a diploma in technical means with the mention of the specialty that they enrolled still in ninth grade before moving on to the fourth cycle, which can be used to get a job and to finance their higher education.
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