Costa Rica Labor Force Lacking in Education

Of total workers who labored in the first quarter of this year, 9% had incomplete primary or less than 28% complete dprimary and incomplete secondary school 23%, according to the new Continuing Survey of Employment.

According to experts the country’s level of education of the working population has increased in recent years, but we are still far from developed countries.

A study of the population 25 and older who have completed at least secondary prepared by the specialist Juan Diego Trejos for the State of Education, Costa Rica is below Korea, Finland, U.S., Ireland, Greece , Chile and Jamaica.

“If we are betting on an international insertion of human capital intensive activities, we are still far from having a skilled workforce.

“In developed countries, 90% of workers have at least completed high school and this percentage is between 70% and 80% in countries with which we compete or who want to emulate,” Trejos said.

He added that the country was left behind from the eighties, a time when only 30% of young people could complete high school.

The Education Minister Leonardo Garnier, said that the first responsibility of the Ministry is to prevent this from happening and what they have done “in that sense is to raise the coverage rate in high school,” he said.

He added that there are programs for youth and adults complete their high school and technical education options. He explained that the National Learning Institute (INA) is the corporation established to improve educational attainment of the employed population.

Asked about the issue, Olman Segura, president of the INA, said the students of the institution that are taking a technical course can also finish high school.

Garnier said that another successful program is the Ministry with private companies (like Spoon and Taco Bell, for example), where they coordinate to support their employees to complete their undergraduate degree.

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