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Costa Rica’s Want to Provide High Tech Labor, But the Education System is Lacking

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Costa Rica aims to become a producer of innovation and knowledge, but its educational system is lacking and many students are unable to read and do basic math. The picture gets worse when these shortcomings are compounded by the desertion and the challenges to achieving universal coverage of secondary education.

The successes of the country in terms of attracting Foreign Direct Investment in the high technology sector must then be built upon quality of the available workforce, which is lacking, one manner to improve the force is adpating public-private partnerships to alleviate the shortcomings of current system.

Original Article Text From El Financiero via Google Translate :

Costa Rica’s Educational Reality Collides With Business Goals

Costa Rica aims to become a producer of innovation and knowledge, but its educational system is difficult for students to read and do basic math.

Build relationships, deduce and formulate hypotheses not within the capabilities of most students of 15 years, according to established studies on the domain of reading, mathematics and science of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD .)

The picture gets worse when these shortcomings are compounded by the desertion and the challenges to achieving universal coverage of secondary education.

These are some of the conclusions of the event “Educational innovation: key to business survival”, which was held Thursday.

Gaps
The successes of the country in terms of attracting Foreign Direct Investment in the high technology sector have been built on the quality of the available workforce.”To be most successful education is the central element. If we are to remain attractive we need more graduates in technological fields, ” said Gabriela Llobet, director of the Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives (Cinde)

Cinde estimates in the country last year graduated about 2,000 engineers , and that figure could rise to 2,800 within four years.Of these, only 11% claim to be fluent in English , according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC).

Thus the domestic supply of professionals falls short in quantity and some tools for high-tech companies that select the country to establish operations.

In addition, expanding educational opportunities is vital to combat poverty, the enemy has not lost ground over the past 20 years.”If you have no education, there are about a 30% chance of living in poverty,” said Miguel Gutierrez Saxe, director of the State of the Nation.

Public – Private partnerships
The creation of partnerships among the education system and private employers could be one of the ways forward to overcome the current shortcomings, suggested Silvia Lara, director of the AED.

The joint efforts could succeed in breaking the disparities in access to technology between students in private and public centers.”Investing in education is a good business,” said Franklin Chang, founder of Ad Astra Rocket.

This company sponsoring higher education of their most talented workers, and seeks to stimulate interest in science in school through visits to its facilities in Liberia, Guanacaste.Here you can download the presentations of participants in the event “Educational innovation: key to corporate survival.”

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