The suspension of face-to-face classes due to the pandemic impacted more than 1,500 million students globally and more than 166 million students in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Panama is one of the countries that accumulates the highest number of consecutive days without face-to-face or semi-face-to-face education, according to reports from international organizations.
In Panama, According to figures from the Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) and the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), between 2013 and 2019 the dropout rate in pre-secondary and secondary education was 63%. That is, for every 100 young people who started the first cycle, only 37 graduated.
Recently el United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) announced that he spent more than 7 months analyzing school dropouts in Panama, identifying that more than 100,000 children and adolescents are out of school; more than 200,000 are at risk of exiting, and of those 73,000 are classified as high risk for having two years or more of excess.
The outlook is not encouraging, if we add to this the results of the ERCE 2019 test, the last learning assessment in the region, implemented before the pandemic, which showed that Panamanian students reflect a level below the regional average and much lower than the results achieved in the previous measurement in 2013.
National and international tests applied to students show us that In Panama we have a great challenge, especially in the field of Mathematics. The ERCE test also reflected that in Panama it is observed that the more study days per week the student dedicates, the higher the levels of academic achievement are reached.
For what is necessary encourage more study time and foster in students a habit of learning and reinforcement in the area of mathematics, involving parents, student voice, and extracurricular education.
Now families have begun a search for more flexible educational systems, with the ability to respond to current needs, which have changed with the Covid-19 pandemic, and which reinforce the ownership of learning in students rather than in classrooms. .
In the current situation, at Kumon we understand that the management of mathematics is a valuable and transcendent tool for all students, that is why our programs worldwide continue to help millions of children and young people.
Today more than ever The Kumon Method is proving to be one of the best allies of parents, and has become a pillar by strengthening academic skills, study habits, acquisition of new knowledge, as well as increasing the motivation for learning and self-esteem of the students.
Being a complement to formal education, this method incorporates tools to develop the full potential of a student, by developing curiosity, excitement and a taste for learning, which helps students to make solid progress and thereby promote school achievement.
Thinking of raising the educational level in Panama we will offer our free registration during the month of January 2022 so that parents and students can try and become familiar with the Kumon method in any of our six centers in Panama City in which we offer programs in mathematics and English.
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She has a degree in International Relations with a specialty in International Educational Policies and Master studies in strategic planning and serves as Senior Manager of Kumon Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.