Analysis of the State Budget for Education of the Republic of Panama from 1990 to 2017

  •  Luis Herrera M.    
  •  Virginia Torres-Lista    
  •  Markelda Montenegro    


The present research aims to analyze the Panamanian State Budget for Education according to the allocations approved by the government over the last 26 years. In the overall state budget, it is striking that the percentage allocated to education is far below the amount required. Education must be a priority for any state agenda if access is to be ensured to quality education that is equitable, inclusive, pertinent and comprehensive. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommend that countries allocate 20% of overall state budgets to education. If a nation aims to develop, it must demonstrate a real and firm commitment to education by the political class and society as a whole; this commitment is embodied in the state budget designations for education.

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