President Danilo Medina has confirmed that despite the economic difficulties the country is experiencing, 4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will be made available for education.
In an interview with Huchi Lora and Amelia Deschamps for a special broadcast called “The victory of a fair fight,” on the El Dia program, he said that poverty would not stop any child in the Dominican Republic from getting an education.
Medina added that his greatest source of satisfaction at the moment was to ensure that the quality of education is improved to create opportunities for the poorest people and to increase teaching quality, to give more dignity to teachers and better schools.
He said that in January he would announce the building of kindergartens as well as the start of universal pre-school education and reminded viewers that the National Literacy Plan would begin on 7 January.
In addition, he spoke of overseas contacts that have been made to bring in teachers who are specialists in mathematics, physics, chemistry and Spanish to improve teaching quality in those subjects.
He then gave details of a plan to extend the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) throughout the country, into Professional Technical Centers that could provide more employees for the labor market in sectors where there was a demand, such as tourism.