After two decades of stable economic development, Peru increasingly finds itself in a position to focus more resources on education. This is a welcome opportunity, as the country has some way to go to catch up to its regional peers in terms of educational access and outcomes. There are encouraging signs that the necessary changes are under way to improve these metrics, including more public investment via a centralised spending framework, revised regulations and take up of technology and other innovations. Furthermore,…
Education & Health
From The Report: Peru 2018
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Although Peru is increasingly focusing resources on education, there is some way to go to catch up to its regional peers. However, there are encouraging signs that the necessary changes are being made, including more public investment via a centralised spending framework, revised regulations, take-up of technology and other innovations. The dynamic private sector looks set to capitalise on increasing demand for high-quality education among the burgeoning middle class. Nevertheless, the sector needs to overcome a divide between rural and urban education provision, opposition to some reforms from educators and a significant infrastructure gap. In terms of health, Peru has made impressive strides towards achieving its aim of universal health coverage by 2021. With the launch of the e-health programme, the government has shown itself to be receptive to utilising emergent technologies to expand and improve provision nationwide. Nevertheless, the sector faces persistent shortages of doctors, and inequalities in services between rural and urban areas. This chapter includes interviews with Jorge Yzusqui, General Manager, Innova Schools; and Juan Carlos Salem Suito, General Manager, SANNA.