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The President of Costa Rica, the right-wing Rodrigo Chavez, reported Thursday (05/15/2022) that he had decided “unilaterally” to terminate an education agreement he had made with the government of Cuba, signed by the previous administration.

“We see no benefit from the point of view of public education and student training from that agreement. There was a lot of controversy,” the president explained, noting that with this measure he fulfilled the promise of the election campaign.

“We made this decision after analyzing the current situation in our education system and the reforms needed to move the country forward after the educational blackout in recent years,” Chavez said.

According to the Central American president, he referred the revocation order to the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) on May 9, a day after he took office. He explained that it was announced on Thursday after complying with some procedures.

The Minister of Public Education, Katharina Mueller, said in a statement that the expiration of the agreement, which has immediate effect, does not affect any other joint project in progress. The agreement was for four years.

The education agreement between Cuba, which is ruled by the Communist Party, and Costa Rica was signed in 2019 during the administration of former center-left President Carlos Alvarado. Chavez, a 60-year-old conservative economist, took office on May 8, for the 2022-2026 term.

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