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Chile's International Scholarship Programme

image of Chile's International Scholarship Programme

Chile has long considered education as a central priority and as key for its economic development. Over the past two decades the country has made great strides to increase the numbers of young people entering tertiary education. In 2008 Chile embarked on a bold initiative to develop its human capital with a scholarship abroad scheme – the Becas Chile Programme – which aims to train 30 000 outstanding students including teachers and technicians in institutions of their choice around the world.

This joint OECD and World Bank report gives an overview of human capital development in Chile; describes features of the Becas Chile Programme; analyses the strategic and operational issues; and recommends ways to maintain and fine-tune the scholarship abroad scheme. This report will be useful for both Chilean education professionals and their international counterparts.

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Annex B

Primary and secondary education in Chile

Compulsory education in Chile lasts twelve years, typically starting at the age of six. Eight years are spent in primary (elementary) education and the remaining four in secondary education. Secondary schools fall into three categories: municipal, private-subsidised (which receive vouchers of equal value) and private-paying. Municipal schools operated by the 345 municipalities may charge fees only for secondary education.

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