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7 - Cuban technology (health care, education)

7 - Cuban technology (health care, education) - Cuba...

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Cuba Encyclopædia Britannica Article Nov. 13, 2002 Education The eradication of illiteracy was given high priority by the revolutionary government. Nationalization of all private schools was accomplished in 1961, and a fundamentally altered, state-directed education system was introduced. It includes general education, 12 or 13 grades (three or four years of intermediate education) preceded by a preschool stage; higher, or university, education; teacher-training education; adult education, directed toward the eradication of residual illiteracy and toward continued study by working people; technical education, parallel to secondary education; language instruction; and specialized education. Education is free at all levels, with supplementary scholarships to cover living expenses and medical assistance. Education expenditures receive high priority, and the number of students enrolled has increased sharply from prerevolution days.
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