We consider education to be the base of our society. So by improving the educational system, issues derived from poor or lack of education will be also addressed.
We want to provide our citizens with the best education possible, giving opportunities of improving quality of life, achieving better jobs, and making them more aware and proactive regarding national and global issues.
We will work hard to build a better future for our nation, and we intend to make it an example for the world to follow.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) performed studies in 2014 and they found that:
- Enrolment rates for 5- and 6-, 7- to 13-, and 14- to 17- year-olds are 93%, 98%, and 95%, respectively
- Dropout rate for 16- to 24-year-lds is 6.5%
Overall, those are good statistics, but there is always room for improvement. First of all, we will perform studies to list the major reasons why children do not enroll in school and why a percentage of the enrolled students drop out of it. Then, we will work on finding the best solutions for the listed problems, aiming towards a practical 100% enrollment and 0% dropout.
Our proposal is to increase and standardize the number of hours that students in elementary and middle school are required to spend in school every weekday – from 8:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon, with one hour for lunch break.
More than 90% of students are in public schools at elementary and secondary levels. The conditions of public schools is overall good, but features/systems rated as poor or fair have to be fixed, providing a better environment for students and professors. That will certainly improve the quality of education and productivity.
According to the website Ranking America, our country occupies the 14th position in Education and 17th in Educational Performance. Meanwhile, countries like South Korea, Japan, Finland, and Singapore are in the first five places in both rankings. Our intention is to move our country’s position up within the first years of our government so we will have one of the best educational systems in the world.
Now, regarding higher education (college and university levels), the percentage of full-time undergraduate students that graduate with a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree within six years is only an average of 65%. One of the causes for this is the cost of tertiary education, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Besides the current ways to help students fund their higher education (scholarships, grants and public or state-guaranteed loans, higher tuition fees for international students and students attending private institutions), we are proposing something new.
This new proposal is intended to increase enrolment and graduation rates and also cover the lack of available workforce for specific areas. There will be the option of taking an exam for the programs that our country is currently lacking skilled workers.
The best ranked students will receive a full scholarship as long as they keep good academic standing. Otherwise, the scholarship will be transferred to the next student on the ranking that is already enrolled in the program but paying for his/her own tuition fees. The student that lost the scholarship will have the option of continuing in the program, but now paying for education, or switch to another program, or even taking the exam again in the following academic year.
To exemplify how this will work, if the country is in need of lawyers, Universities will provide an optional exam for entering that program, and the best ranked students will not have to pay for law school. If, in the following year, we lack human doctors, the same principle will apply for medical school. And so on.
Education is one of the most important bases of our society and we are certain that we can improve the educational system with our proposals. We will improve the quality of life for our citizens and we will also be able to find better solutions for other issues that our country faces.