The Politics of Education Reform in Chile: The Programa 900 Escuelas and the MECE-Básica

  • Alan Angell
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


Education is central to the reform agenda of governments throughout Latin America. Investment in education is seen as crucial for long-term economic growth and overcoming sharp income inequalities. Yet rhetorical commitment has been greater than achievement. Reforming education is difficult. Well-organized teachers’ unions oppose reforms that weaken their power. The supposed agents of reform, the Ministries of Education (MINEDUC), are frequently corrupt, inefficient and more concerned with bureaucratic self-preservation than with implementing reform. It is also extremely costly — after pensions the single largest item in the government budget is normally education.


Educational Reform Education Reform Rural School National Coordinator Labour Market Reform 
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