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How many times do you remember saying to yourself I dont want to go to school today or seen commercials where children do whatever it takes to stay home Well lets just say your not alone however if you had the government on you making sure you went do you still think you wouldve said that or even worried about anything else like a job or a family Well when you have a communist government on you its no longer a choice but a forced decision Education is a priority in Cuban Society And although we Americans think we are smarter we need to retest our abilities The Cuban Government provides free schooling from primary school to university or technical school Education is mandatory between the ages of 6 and 11 which is when children finish primary school Almost all children continue with secondary education Cuba has an average of one teacher for every 45 inhabitants The literacy rate estimated at 96 in 1995 is higher than that of any country in Central and South America Cuba has pre-schools available in urban centers as well as special schools for the mentally and physically challenged There are schools for students gifted in sports and the arts Secondary school graduates may take college entrance exams or go to a technical training institute Cuba has 46 centers of higher education There is general agreement that the level of Cuban education is very high but sources disagree as to why Those favorable to the Castro government claim that it is the result of the emphasis placed on education since the revolution while anti-Castro sources assert that the level of education in Cuba has always been high During the Spanish colonial days there was almost no education available in the rural areas where the peasants and slaves lived although the urban Spanish population had access to education for its children During the US occupation of Cuba plans were laid out
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