As the country gears up to celebrate its 200th year of independence from Spain in 2021, Peru finds itself in a position to focus more of its resources on education. This is a welcome opportunity as the country has yet to exceed its regional peers in terms of educational access and outcomes. There are encouraging signs that the necessary changes are under way to improve these metrics, including more public spending, licensing for universities, revised regulations and curricula, and investment…
Education & Health
From The Report: Peru 2019
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Efforts to reform the education sector, boost teacher salaries, provide qualitative assessment and coordinate national education policy are areas being targeted by the government, while the skills mismatch between graduates and the private sector, the urban-rural gap, and underperforming private primary and secondary schools highlight other areas that require attention. Local authorities and international organisations have already taken steps towards overcoming these challenges, and the government appears to be on track to achieve its bold education objectives. With increased funding, the government laid out a series of initiatives aimed at increasing access to and improving the quality of health care, which should help achieve universal coverage by 2021 and further improve health indicators. Although challenges remain, particularly with a rural-urban divide and a shortage of doctors and medical specialists, Peru’s is strengthening its health infrastructure. This chapter contains an interview with Angela Flores, Executive Director, National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.