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Education in Cuba

Who Is Filling Cuba's University Classrooms?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The government is right to be worried; these young people who have entered the university will never become good soldiers or fanatics. The clay from which they are made cannot be molded.

Bullying: A Serious Problem in Cuban Schools

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Abuse at school, bullying, is an issue that is rarely discussed in the national media, but it affects hundreds, even thousands, of students across Cuba. Among the most alarming characteristics of this problem is the complicity or indifference on the part of the teachers.

Reaping the Whirlwind: Academic Fraud in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Although fraudulent practices are common in Cuban schools, this case has provoked a profound reflection in our society, including in the official press.

Entrance Exams: An Assessment of Education in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They're no longer dressed in blue uniforms and some boys even show off their rebellious manes. Hair that no teacher will demand they cut -- at least for the next few weeks -- hair that will ultimately fall to the razor of Obligatory Military Service.

Some Cuban Teachers Still Manage to Shine in a Deteriorating System

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.20.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There are teachers for whom the low salaries, the material collapse, the mediocrity around them and the intrusion of politics in their work have not killed their desire to teach. To them, congratulations on this day.

Cuba's Schools Are Failing Its Children

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.30.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The lack of educational quality is bumping up against an increasing rigor in the final exams for high school. The result: entire schools where they are barely able to pass three or four students.

The Privatization of Cuban Education

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.24.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Attending private classes compensates for the incredibly low level of secondary and high school educators. Demand is so high that in these last weeks of classes the houses of freelance professors are packed.

Cuban Teachers Desert an Increasingly Despised Profession

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Almost no one in Cuba lives on the salary they earn, but must rely on what they can find to steal, what we call "the diversion of resources," from their workplace, be it time, materials or equipment.

Choices for Cuban Dissenters: Stigma, Prison or Exile

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There are at least two hundred Cuban prisoners of conscience serving prison sentences for acts defined as common crimes, acts that would not be considered criminal in a country with a different political system, one more tolerant and more plural.

Real Teachers Drive Cabs and Tend Bar, While Teenagers Try to Fill Their Shoes

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It was a sober meeting attended by several representatives from the municipal Ministry of Education. A murmur passed among the parents, seated on th...

Looking Behind the Stage Set of Cuba's Potemkin's Schools

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

At a school in Cerro, several foreign visitors were coming to donate notebooks and pencils. But something unexpected happened: one of the guests broke the predetermined protocol and asked to use the bathroom.