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Access to Quality Education Under Threat in Honduras

A new study reveals the mechanisms by which privatisation of education is spreading in Honduras as a result of the passivity of authorities, creating barriers to accessing education.

The 17th of  May, marked the release in Honduras of the latest research by Education International’s Global Campaign against the commercialisation and privatisation of education. The publication, entitled La educación en Honduras: entre la privatización y la globalización (Education in Honduras: between privatisation and globalisation), is co-authored by D Brent Edwards Jr, Mauro C Moschetti and Alejandro Caravaca. It reviews 20 years of education policies in Honduras that the authors believe have failed.

An Emerging Threat

The study analyses the growing phenomenon of privatisation and commercialisation of education in the country, deeming it “one of the greatest obstacles to equal access to quality education” in Honduras. 

The report reveals the weakness of the State, and it explores why government authorities have failed to guarantee the fundamental right to quality education. It also illustrates how privatisation is manifestes in a variety of different trends and trajectories, making the need for concerted institutional action even more pressing.

Recommendations

For this reason, the authors call for greater public investment in education alongside improved monitoring, management and allocation of resources in schools. They also stress the need to evaluate the state of the low-cost private sector in education, as well as to increase the Ministry of Education's capacity to review the overall situation of the education system in the country.

More information:

Click here for a summary (in Spanish) of the main conclusions of the report. Click here to read a blog post written about the study.