It is false that the MAS Government “Hid” a report on education, as Cardenas says – Bolivia Verifies
It is false that the MAS Government “Hid” a report on education, as Cardenas says

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It is false that the MAS Government “Hid” a report on education, as Cardenas says

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Former Minister of Education Víctor Hugo Cárdenas accused the MAS government of hiding a UNESCO report on educational quality in the country. False, Bolivia did not even participate in the previous assessments


“This Unesco-Llece report was hidden for several years by the MAS government to disguise the failure of the Law. 070 Avelino Siñani”, wrote on his Twitter account, former Minister of Education Víctor Hugo Cárdenas. However, his claim is false and in this note we explain why.

Llece is the UNESCO Latin American Laboratory for the Assessment of the Quality of Education which periodically analyzes the school curriculum of different countries and learning achievements. in 2019 made a Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (ERCE 2019) in which they participated 19 Countries, among them Bolivia, and whose first results were delivered in the middle of the year in 2020.

Previous studies have been conducted in 2013, 2006 Y 1997. However, as recorded on the Unesco website, Bolivia did not participate in the evaluations of 2013 nor 2006, therefore, as it was not part of the study, there was no report on Bolivia that could have been concealed by the Government, as Cardenas suggests in his tweet. If the claim is considered false.

You can download the general report on education in the region here and what was published specifically for Bolivia here.

At the tail end of education?

In its publication, the former minister also indicates that Bolivia is “in the queue” of school education and that has many limitations. This statement cannot be deduced from the Llece report., because it does not establish absolute comparisons between the educational systems of the region and does not publish a kind of ranking that allows determining where each country is located..

Bolivia Verifica tried to contact former Minister Cárdenas to know where he had taken that data and to verify it., but until the publication of this note no response was obtained.

However, in a interview given to the newspaper La Razón, Carlos Henriquez, coordinator of Llece, noted that in general terms Bolivia's results are slightly below the Latin American average. “There is a proximity of Bolivia to the region, slightly lower, but I think this has to draw attention so that, more than worrying, we are in the different decisions”, Said. Asked if education in Bolivia is good or regular, Henríquez pointed out that “Bolivia and the region are 'at the must’ in educational quality” .

For her part, the Director of the Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean, Claudia Uribe, indicated that the reports “are inputs that UNESCO makes available so that each country can analyze its national curriculum from a comparative perspective, and assess how it responds to what students need to learn to function academically and socio-emotionally as citizens of the twenty-first century".