World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Education in Costa Rica

Article Id: WHEBN0004533513
Reproduction Date:

Title: Education in Costa Rica  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Index of Central America-related articles, List of education articles by country, Education, Sociology of education, Philosophy of education
Collection: Education in Costa Rica, Universities in Costa Rica
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Education in Costa Rica

Education in Costa Rica is divided in 3 cycles: pre-education(before 7), primary education(from 7 to 12), and secondary school(from 12 to 18), which leads to higher education. Elementary and secondary school are both divided in two cycles.[1] Since 1869, education is free and compulsory (article 78 of the constitution).

Costa Rica education system is ranked 20th in the “Global competitiveness Report 2013-14”, and is described as of “high quality”.[2] The literacy rate in Costa Rica is 94.9%.[3] It is 2 points over the average for Latin-America and Caribbean countries.[4]

Contents

  • Primary Education 1
  • Secondary Education 2
  • Universities 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Primary Education

The primary education lasts six years and is divided in two cycles. The uniform is obligatory, in order to reduce social and economic distinctions.[5]

Secondary Education

The secondary Education is divided in two cycles of three years. The first cycle is dedicated to general education. The second cycle, while keeping a core curriculum, implies a specialization. Specializations can be academic or technical (agricultural, industrial, commercial, secretarial, accounting, crafts, family and social education).[6]

The second cycle ends with the “Bachillerato”, granting access to higher Education. Nonetheless, many universities have in addition their own entrance examination.[7]

Universities

There are five public universities in Costa Rica

Public universities offer degree programs according to their specialty and by law, and manage their own central and regional campus. By Costa Rican law, two different public universities may not offer the same degree program.

There are also several private universities:

References

  1. ^ World data on Education, UNESCO-IBE(2010-11)
  2. ^ p54, Global competitiveness Report 2013-2014
  3. ^ Central Intelligence Agency (2011)
  4. ^ "fact sheet", UNESCO-UIS(sept 2013)
  5. ^ Costa Rica embassy in Germany
  6. ^ Vocation Education in Costa Rica, UNESCO-UNEVOC
  7. ^ http://jrscience.wcp.muohio.edu/fieldcourses04/PapersCostaRicaArticles/EducationinCostaRica.html

External links

  • Sistemas educativos en Costa Rica
  • Photos of Costa Rican Educational Facilities
  • Ministerio de Educación -Government portal
  • Vocational Education in Costa-Rica, UNESCO-UNEVOC(2012)
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.