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President Mauricio Macri yesterday presented his administration’s Commitment to Education plan, which aims to improve the quality of education in Argentina and endeavor to have more students finish higher level studies.

Speaking at the Kirchner Cultural Center in the presence of education ministers, governors and teacher’s unions’ representatives, Macri said this is a “very valuable starting point” in the midst of “very worrying statistics” regarding the current state of education in the country.

Some of those disconcerting statistics are that five out of 10 teenagers don’t complete high school, 86 percent of students in primary school don’t have access to full-day classes, eight out of 10 university students don’t finish their degree and despite all of this, only 4 percent of Argentines think that education is a key problem in the country.

Education Minister Esteban Bullrich added that the initiative ought to “transcend government and parties.” He also stressed the goal of allocating a higher percentage of the country’s GDP to education in order to improve infrastructure, technology and Internet access.

The Commitment to Education is based on the Declaration of Purmamarca that was signed last February by all ministers of education in which seven national goals were outlined. The document will be discussed in schools, universities and municipalities to reach a consensus later this year.

All citizen can get involved and add their own education proposals by going to the commitment’s website.