In a March 31 press conference, Ecuadorian President Rafeal Correa said, “There will not be development without education.
Correa is one of the most respected and well-liked Ecaudorian presidents of recent times, especially among the poorer population. Correa was not born into a particularly wealthy family and as a child, he also had to overcome his situation in order to rise to the position of power and influence he holds today. One of his major initiatives has been to improve the education system in Ecuador. In his March 31 press conference televised on all public channels in Ecuador, he spoke of a plan to create incentives such as paying a minimum salary for those university students who choose to study education in order to become teachers. He believes that this is the most important major one can choose. He remarked that often times good students who are looking for quick money choose to study medicine for financial reasons, but he stresses that these elite students are the ones that Ecuador needs in teaching positions. With the elite teaching its citizens, Correa and the Ministry of Education believe that their country can progress and develop.
Another interesting fact that Correa noted: According to university entrance exams – there is no difference in the aptitude of students coming from rich and poor families. Sometimes there is a difference in knowledge if more economically fortunate students have had more access to resources, but in aptitude rich and poor students alike scored the same. He believes there is hope for all to succeed, to help Ecuador and to help themselves break the cycle of poverty.