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Research and Innovation
The Dominican educational system finds itself in a process of restructuring. The policies of recent years are attempting to turn back the marginalization that affected education after the end of the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Today the country recognizes education’s importance as a primary motor for development; therefore, it is attempting to dignify teachers, raise the quality of teaching methods and incorporate, at all levels, new advances in scientific and technological knowledge.
The immediate labors of Dominican education are:
Achieve universal literacy for the Dominican population.
Make reading the foundation of the entire educational structure.
Universal coverage of primary and secondary education.
Grow and improve the educational infrastructure, especially in rural areas.
Strengthen secondary education.
Increase the number of young people between 18 and 24 that go on to higher studies. Decrease university drop-outs.
Widen, diversify and improve curricular offerings, especially in fields related to the basic sciences and technology.
Supply teachers with initial education and continuous quality training.
Encourage scientific debate in and from the educational centers, above all in the university sphere.
Assist universities in increasing their research budgets. Link research and teaching.
Improve relations between the higher education centers and national productive sectors.