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Do we have good teachers in Latin America?

August 28, 2014

In recent years most Latin American countries managed to provide universal primary education and achieved similar secondary school rates than developed countries. However, when it comes to learning, educational systems in the region still lack behind. Part of this is explained by the quality of the teachers. Latin American teachers spend approximately 60% of classroom time to instruction, 28% to classroom management and 11% to external responsibilities. Compared with developed regions, this implies that a day of school is missed each week. To get around this situation, countries in the region should improve their policies to recruit teachers, create programs to develop their job skills, and provide better incentives to improve teacher performance. These measures are essential to ensure that Latin America achieves world-class education systems.