14 May 2009

A brief description of the Chilean education system

The Chilean system has four levels of education with universal coverage up to the standards of any first world country.

Chile invests 7.5% of its gross domestic product in education, a considerable amount  which surpasses some developed countries like Finland or the United States, to name a few.

Chile’s education system is decentralized; administration for each establishment is executed by persons or municipal and private institutions known as sustainers, who are responsible for managing the educational establishment on behalf of the State.

The system is made up of subsidized establishments, municipal and private establishments with four levels of education: pre-school or early education, elementary or primary, high school and higher education.

Coverage of Chile’s education system is practically universal. 99.7% of all children between the age of 6 and 14 are enrolled in elementary or primary school (EGB).

87.7% of all children between the age of 15 and 18 are enrolled in high school. 2009 higher education figures indicate that total enrollment in 2008 came to 752,182 students, the highest rate in history and up 14% compared to 2007. The system coverage is already surpassing 40%, which is very high and even comparable to some developed countries.

Advances have been possible because the education system is obligatory and the most recent administrations have put forth important efforts aimed to improve education quality.

Related

Learn more >

Chile: a land favorable for developing renewable energy

Fossil fuels are one of the main causes of climate change around the world. That is why transitioning to a renewable energy matrix is a concrete way of halting and reversing environmental damage.

3 reasons why Chile is the astronomical students’ paradise

Its ideal sky conditions and state-of-the-art technology are among the reasons why both local and international students, and even renowned astronomers, are motivated to observe and study the skies in Chile.

Chile’s enormous potential for developing green hydrogen

 Production of what is being called the “fuel of the future” will be key to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Richness and diversity in traditional Chilean architecture

The first Monday in October is World Architecture Day, created by the International Union of Architects (UIA) to highlight the responsibility of architects in the development of cities.

6 playlists to celebrate Chilean Music Day

Chile comes across loud and clear through its music and that’s why every October 5th we celebrate “Chilean Music and Musicians Day”. Today we invite you to mark this date with a selection of Chile’s best songs and performers. 

Chile, a foreign investment hub for technology

Despite being located at the far end of the planet, Chile has developed numerous ways of staying connected with the world. Perhaps this is due to that spirit of exploration that inspired Magellan on his epic journey, kick-starting globalization through our territory 500 years ago; a spirit that today beats in us stronger than ever.

La Cueca: A Reflection of Our Great Cultural Diversity

With its multicultural and diverse origins, the cueca became Chile’s national dance on September 18, 1979 because it was the dance that had the greatest national presence and historical meaning.  Cueca is danced in different corners of the country, and each geographic area has its own choreographic and musical variations and adaptations. Our cultural wealth and diversity is expressed in the different types of cueca that exist throughout Chile.

In a mining country like Chile, become a Mining Engineer

With the richness of our subsoil, the large investment in mining projects and universities of academic excellence, Chile is the perfect place to study majors related to mining.