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Friday, November 09, 2007

Ecuador to Improve Public Education

Quito, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa signed four decrees on Monday to reform and improve Ecuador's education system.

A government source said Correa okayed 12,000 new teaching positions, with screening beginning immediately, a new National Education Program, changes to education legislation and a census at education centers.

The statesman called neoliberal policies harmful to current public expenses when there is a shortage of teachers and doctors and called for salary improvements.

The government also plans a legal reordering and reinforcement of the Decennial Education Plan, which freezing since 1998 led to the deterioration of basic education.

Education Minister Raul Vallejo said the measures will help improve quality and restore state leadership in the field.

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