Yenia Silva Correa
In accordance with policies adopted by Cuba over the last few years, the recently concluded academic year maintained the focus on prioritizing the development of vocational education. Thus 42% of students finishing middle-school will continue their studies in pre-university high schools, while 58% will enroll in different vocational education programs.
While 2013-2014 “has been an academic year of intense work, in which we have had successes as well as difficulties,” these experiences are now being drawn upon to prepare incoming students and those who will follow them.
In this sense, work is focused on four fundamentals, “school organization; professional training; improvement of teaching and History instruction; family participation and community education,” emphasized Dr. La Red.
Each one of the planned actions contributes to the school – as a socializing educational entity - becoming the community’s most important cultural center, both for the student and the family.
Similarly, changes are intended to strengthen links with relevant institutions which can contribute to vocational-technical education and develop students who “value work, respect workers and view work as the source of income for their future family.”
This, she stated, “is part of the civic education which we are attempting to provide.”