HAVANA.- Cuba implemented major changes in education in 2015 with the objective of improving quality in the sector, so that students from all teaching levels alike would be provided with comprehensive training.

Cuba implemented major changes in education in 2015 with the objective of improving quality in the sector, so that students from all teaching levels alike would be provided with comprehensive training.The 2015-2016 school year in Cuba has welcomed more than 1,700, 000 students from elementary school right through to middle higher and technological education.

Over ten thousand teaching centers opened their doors last September, and are involved in changes related to the flexibility of teaching hours, selfimprovement of professors, and better school-familysociety links.

Cuban Education Minister Ena Elsa Velázquez said that the objective for this school year is to enhance the quality of education in Cuba, not only in terms of knowledge but also in terms of comprehensive training as well.

“We are also focused on the priorities related to the school planning process, which is undergoing some changes aimed at making school hours better and more flexible, hence making the most of the school day,” the minister said.

Cuba implemented major changes in education in 2015 with the objective of improving quality in the sector, so that students from all teaching levels alike would be provided with comprehensive training.The Cuban state assigned $17, 500, 000 to guarantee school materials for the current school year, while the alternatives implemented to cope with the lack of professors are showing some progress.

Likewise, around 8,000 new graduate students are already teaching, while the capacity in day care centers (children 0 to 5 years) has risen by 2,700.

HIGHER EDUCATION

This school year, higher education in Cuba has undergone changes and adjustments aiming for better quality and henceforth better professionals.

The second phase of the project known as university integration, which was implemented in 2009 with the objective of bringing different specialties together, has been extended to universities in the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Holguín, Granma, Las Tunas, Villa Clara and Pinar del Río.

The positive results of this project were made known by the Minister of Higher Education, Rodolfo Alarcón, who explained that this process is being implemented gradually in most of the provinces.

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