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Mexico’s Middling Education Gains

Latin America saw declines in education quality according to the latest Latin Trade Education Index.

The regional average score in the latest annual Latin Trade Education Index declined by 0.09 points to 19.01, with most countries seeing declines in their score. The index measures the quality of each country’s education system based on World Economic Forum survey data on the quality of primary education, plus UNESCO data on the mean years of schooling, the expected years of schooling, enrollment of school-age population, and the literacy rate of each country in question.

Given the importance of education in producing a productive and innovative workforce, the declines spell trouble for the future of the region’s economies. Increasing the quality of education in the region – especially in key subjects such as the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is imperative to adapting to a rapidly changing global economy and remaining competitive vis-à-vis other emerging economies.

Beyond the declines, countries’ scores do not vary much beyond the regional average – with a variation of around three points above or below (with the exception of Haiti, which falls far below the regional average).

The region’s average quality of education comes out at 3.00 on a scale of 1=poor and 7=excellent – a poor showing for the region as a whole. The main positive outlier in the survey is Costa Rica, with a score of 4.67; the lowest score comes from the Dominican Republic with …

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Source: Latin Trade - GAI




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