Peru’s education sector is more unequal now than it was before the pandemic


  • Peru's education sector is more unequal now than it was before the pandemicNews by AUN News correspondent
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary: Almost 250,000 Peruvians will have left school by 2020. The aprendo en Casa (learning at home) programme launched by Peru’s government was not an adequate response. Rodrigo Reyes, from Ate’s outer region, one of the 43 districts that make up Lima, is 16 years old. He and his two younger siblings stopped attending school in 2020 due to the pandemic’s severe financial impact on the family. Delia Paredes, who quit school before finishing her primary education because she got pregnant, is 17 and can still not complete her coursework.

In 2021, the rate of early pregnancy, like Delia’s, was 2.9% among girls and teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17. It is primarily found in rural areas, where it was 4.8 percent, compared to 2.3 percent in metropolitan areas. The Ministry of Education has launched a National Emergency Plan for the Peruvian Educational System from the second half of 2021 to the first half of 2022. Professor Mendoza said the priority is to re-enrol the population group that has been denied the right to an education.

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