Education sector still has a long way to go in Honduras, according to the 2017 Education Report Card (IPEH)

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Despite improvements, the national educational system of this Central American nation still faces significant challenges, according to the 2017 Education Report Card (IPEH, by its acronym in Spanish), made public July 25 in Tegucigalpa.

The report, titled “Education in Honduras: An overdue debt,” was produced by Honduras’ Ricardo Ernesto Maduro Andreu Foundation for Education (FEREMA) and the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán (UPNFM), with support from the USAID LAC Reads Capacity Program and from Washington, D.C. – based think tank The Inter-American Dialogue, which provided technical assistance. The document features research from the years 2010-2016.

IPEH researcher Mario Alas said Honduras improved in several areas, including implementing a more standardized evaluation system for students and teachers and enacting new, more modern laws and regulations for the educational system.

But work needs to be done in student learning, as national and international tests show the country failing in learning results, especially in Mathematics, the report states.

One of the most pressing issues highlighted by the report is the elevated number of children and youth who are not in school. Despite the fact that 93% of children between the ages of 6-11 are enrolled in primary school, only 65% percent of Honduran children are enrolled in kindergarten, 52% are enrolled in middle school and 31.7% in high school. Only 13% of adults 18-24 are enrolled in a tertiary institution.

You can download the whole report in Spanish at the FEREMA website, by clicking on this link: http://www.ferema.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Informe-de-Progreso-Educativo-Web.pdf