Leaders of the Ministries of Education (MINED) and Higher Education (MES) confirmed that every educational center was adequately prepared to take on the challenges of the new year, intent upon guaranteeing quality academic instruction.
Education Minister Ena Elsa Velázquez reported that 1,890,000 students have been registered in primary and secondary schools, 34,000 fewer than last year, reflecting a reduction in the school-age population.
Cuban universities have enrolled 155,000 students, almost half of all young people pursuing degrees at this level, according to Rodolfo Alarcón, MES minister.
In order to meet the needs of students, the two ministries employ close to 200,000 teachers and professors, 175,000 of these in primary and secondary programs, plus 25,500 on faculties at institutions of higher learning, including those who work both full and part-time.
Analyzing preparations undertaken for the new academic year, Velázquez reported that basic conditions have been assured, that schools are ready to begin instruction and emphasized as priorities quality teacher training and attracting more young people to pedagogical university programs.
Alarcón emphasized that the country has the human and material resources needed to provide a comprehensive higher education on the principal university campuses, as well as at municipal centers.
He additionally commented that this year 6,700 more openings were available to students, making the standard day-time enrollment in higher education the greatest ever and emphasized that the 2012-2013 academic year has been conceived and organized to reflect the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines approved by the 6th Party Congress.