HAVANA, Cuba. – Next Monday, September 4, beginning of the new school year, one million 750 thousand Cubans will be in the classrooms, with nearly 68 thousand internal students, announced in Havana.

Ena Elsa Velazquez Cobiella, Minister of Education, added that almost eleven thousand educational institutions beginning this academic period are attended by 235 thousand teachers.

Velazquez pointed out that the 2017-2018 school year will be characterized by the study and collective reflection on the revolution´s concept and the legacy of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, which is a guide to pedagogical action.

The Minister of Education argued that up to now 93 per cent of the teaching force needed is guaranteed without the use of alternatives.

26 Pedagogical Schools Will Function

In the new school year 26 pedagogical schools will work in the country starting from the opening of these kind of centers in Baracoa, Guantanamo and Havana, Ena Elsa Velazquez Cobiella announced.

The Minister of Education added that the estimated enrolment in these institutions amounts to 23 thousand students and indicated that the training of teachers of upper middle level in technical and professional education continues.

When referring to assurance, Velazquez Cobiella explained the material basis of study and life presents a favorable situation, although there are affectations for the start of the teaching stage due to the delay in their arrival in the country.

She commented the process of improving the national education system is advancing in the country and the level of satisfaction of structures and teachers is clear.