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Why don’t Ministers of Education listen to them?

The quality of education is slowly gaining a larger place on the reform agenda of Latin American countries. But the discussion is often concentrated on governments and unions, both with large benefits and political costs. But little space is left for the true beneficiaries of a good education – that is, students and their parents.

There are a great number of organizations focused on teacher training, or teacher participation, or investment in infrastructure or on school technology, but only a few of them open to participation from parents. Nor can polls, focus groups or analysis of the various Ministries of Education be found addressing how parents and students perceive the quality of education they are receiving, or even studies that reveal possible suggestions and recommendations on how to improve it.

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