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Education trap threatens Panamanian boom

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Many Latin American countries struggle with poor schools -- but none combine greater wealth than several European nations and almost double-digit economic growth with one of the worst education systems in the world. Except Panama.

A global crossroads with 4 percent of global trade moving through its canal, Latin America's two busiest ports and a communications and financial infrastructure that draws global investors, Panama is running out of skilled workers.

Decades of poor schooling has created the problem which business experts say could soon slam the brakes on growth.

 

Original source: Reuters