Improving standards in schools is vital to Brazil's workforce (photo:dpa)

Brazil's economic future requires a raft of school reforms

Brazil, Latin America’s largest and, until recently, rapidly growing economy, recognises it needs a robust educational infrastructure to meet the skilled and productive workforce required of a country striving to climb higher on the world stage. Though the past 20 years have seen real progress in widening education access for the nation’s children, the success of its schools pale in comparison to many nations when it comes to pupil learning and achievement. Standards are hindered by untargetted funding, poor teacher training, and corruption. The result is a ineffective workforce for the future.

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Dr. Jorge Balan
The quality of public services, including education, will be a major issue in the political debate before the national and presidential elections in October 2014
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