Being A Student In Colombia: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?

Colombia is perhaps one of the more underdeveloped countries when it comes to academic study. This was because the importance of education was not understood until recently. Children were encouraged to work rather than study. As the years have progressed, the government and professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the value of education. To succeed in life, children need a combination of work-based skills and academic learning.

Over the past few years the education system in Columbia has been improved and here are some of the changes that we have noticed.

More funding for the education system
In 2016, 37.2% of students were in enrolled in different programs at their preferred universities. In addition, the Government started to increase funding for the education systems and in 2017 there have been 3.5%more students in university as compared to the previous year. This can only be seen as a positive change.
The ministry of education has created a special, yearly funding system for universities in an attempt to attract more students into higher education.

Working to lower the dropout rate
In 2016, 45.4% of the students in Columbia dropped out of the universities. The reason was attributed to a difficult grading system and the wider state of the country’s economy. Most students had to work out of necessity, and this was very difficult to undertake while studying for a full-time degree. This resulted in poor grades and a higher dropout rate.
In 2017, a new student grading system has been introduced. It is hoped that this new system will allow more students to improve their grades and performance. The initiative has already proved successful, with a decline in the dropout rate to 39%.

Introduction of degree that pays off
Perhaps the most significant change in the educational system in Colombia has been the introduction of degree programs. It had been recognised that the majority of students did not pursue studies at a higher level because the degree programs on offer would not provide them with the security and employment that they needed to sustain an acceptable standard of living. Consequently, a range of new degree courses was introduced including technical Skills training, computer courses and business administration skills

Reduction in living and transportation costs
Most of the students in Columbia belong to the lower middle-class or poor families. The educational ministry has decided to reduce living costs for the most deserving students alleviating some of the financial pressure associated with studying and living.

Collaboration with the World Bank
The World Bank has established a collaborative partnership with the Educational Ministry of Colombia to improve educational standards in the country. The World Bank has played a key role in introducing modern education and are going some way to funding the universities and technologies that will help them advance.

Bottom line
Columbia is gradually improving its educational system through the development of strong frameworks to support educational provision. The government are working to raise awareness of education so that children from poorer backgrounds can access further education. In 2017 and beyond the country continues to improve and it is hoped that if the country continues, it will be host to some of the top universities in the world.

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