The Americas: Report Card on Ignorance

Latin America's troubles are not only of today but of tomorrow. Everybody knows that the schooling is generally bad, but nobody has had accurate statistics. The Organization of American States recently surveyed 19 Latin American republics (not including Cuba) and compiled some melancholy figures:

> In the cities, only 56% of the children in the 7-to-14 age bracket go to school. In rural areas, things are worse —only one in four gets to class.

> One out of every two children who start school drops out in the first three grades, and four out of five drop out before finishing primary...

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