Education in Costa Rica

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As Costa Rica’s economy has developed in recent decades, the education system that helped propel the country to upper middle-income status now needs reform to respond to rising expectations and changing demands for skills. New challenges are emerging: economic growth has recently slowed, inequality is widening and productivity growth is weak. How can Costa Rica improve both the quality and equity of its education system while also addressing efficiency challenges? This report assesses Costa Rica’s policies and practices against best practice in education from across the OECD and other reference countries in the Latin American region. It analyses its education system’s major strengths and the challenges it faces, from early childhood education and care to tertiary education. It offers recommendations on how Costa Rica can improve quality and equity to ensure strong, sustainable and inclusive growth. This report will be of interest in Costa Rica as well as other countries looking to raise the quality, equity and efficiency of their education systems.


Tertiary education in Costa Rica and its role in a growing economy

This chapter looks at the main features and trends of Costa Rica's tertiary education system and how the country might foster the skills required for a growing and increasingly knowledge-intensive economy. It proposes measures to strengthen oversight and quality assurance following a fast and unregulated expansion of the sector. Comprehensive funding reform is urgently required, and the chapters sets out options for reform, particularly to tackle the large inequities that remain in access to university. To steer the sector towards key priorities for the future of the country, the chapter recommends the development of a longterm strategy designed to strengthen governance of the sector.


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