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Minister Acu?a: Venezuelan Government has Increased Education Budget by more than 100%

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Frias, has increased by more than 100% the resources destined for the educational sector.

When he assumed the presidency in 1999, only 3.6% of the national Budget was dedicated to education, a figure which reached 7.4% in 2007-2008.

The Minister of People’s Power for Higher Education (MES), Luis Acuña said during the initial construction of 10 new universities, as part of Mission Alma Mater, that the National Executive is committed to education as a fundamental core of the country’s development.

Acuña asserted that Mission Sucre in one of the principal advances of higher education that Venezuela achieved in the last 10 years.

“We have created 1,600 university communities that have incorporated 2,300,000 students between 1999 and 2008. In 1999 only 600,000 students has access to higher education.”

He contrasted the current coverage in all municipalities that with the only 80 that received attention during the last period historically known as the Fourth Republic.

Mission Alma Mater comprises the creation of experimental universities, institutions, and public university colleges.

This program is working on the creation of specialized and territorial universities, among others, centers of vocational training.

Another purpose is to boost and transform higher education, and to propel its reach into all national territory, to work with the strategy of the National Project Simon Bolivar, in order to guarantee the right of all to higher education of quality.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / May 22, 2009

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