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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ecuador to Be Illiteracy Free in 2009

Ecuador to Be Illiteracy Free in 2009

Quito, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said here that his country will be free of illiteracy by August 2009.

When presenting a report on his work in 2008 to members of the Legislative Commission, mayors, prefects, the diplomatic corps, ministers and governors, Correa noted the achievements made in education.

We have democratized access to education at all levels, as stated in the new Constitution, which establishes free education at all levels, he stressed.

Among the achievements, Correa mentioned the elimination of voluntary payment of 25 dollars from 2.5 million students and free textbooks.

He added that investments in science and technology increased, and modern schools equipped with cutting-edge technology were built, because there is no development without good education.

The Ecuadorian president favored improving the quality of education at universities, a problem that must be solved bravely.

We must continue to improve the possibilities of access to education and the quality of education, he added.

Correa pointed out that his government has been the only administration over the past few years that has increased salaries in the sector, and it will continue to do so depending on the liquidity in the economy.

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