OECD Reviews of School Resources: Colombia 2018

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This country review report offers an independent analysis of major issues facing the use of school resources in Colombia from an international perspective. It provides a description of national policies, an analysis of strengths and challenges, and a proposal of possible future approaches. The analysis focuses on the funding of school education, the provision of school education and the development of the teaching profession. Rural education represents a transversal theme of the report within the context of Colombia's peace agreement and objectives to close rural-urban gaps in social and economic development.

Issues covered include the level of spending, sources of funding and funding mechanisms; the organisation of the school network, including the funding of private provision; school governance, leadership and community participation; the organisation of teaching and learning, including learning standards, educational materials, student assessment, and instruction time; teacher learning in pre-service and in-service education; and teacher recruitment and career progression.

The report covers all levels of compulsory education as well as transitions from early childhood education and care to school education and from school education to the labour market and tertiary education.



Visit programme

The review visit to Colombia was designed by the OECD in collaboration with the Colombian national co-ordinator. It was also informed by preliminary meetings between the OECD Secretariat and different national authorities and stakeholders in October 2017. These preliminary meetings involved conversations with the Ministry of National Education (MEN), the National Planning Department (DNP), the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (MinHacienda), the Territorial Renewal Agency (ART), the Colombian Institute for Educational Evaluation (ICFES), the National Learning Service (SENA), the Federation of Colombian Municipalities (FCM), the Office of the Ombudsman and Prosecutor General (PGN), the National Work and Concertation Commission on Education for the Indigenous People (CONTCEPI), Red PaPaz (the country’s largest parent organisation), and the National Association of Secondary Students (ANDES). The planning of the main visit was also informed by conversations with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Some meetings during the main review visit could not be held as planned, such as with the Federation of Colombian Workers in Education (FECODE) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR).


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