Abstract: A wide range of literature covers issues related to educational inequalities in Latin America. Nevertheless, the distribution of state educational services in relation to socio-economical background of students has been a neglected topic and approach to the theme. This study is being carried out at the present time, and the final report will be ready by January 2012. Final results reveal unprecedented data on inequalities in the distribution of educational services for urban and rural areas. As a part of the project “Strengthening the Evidence-Based Practice of Educational CSO's Initiative”, CIPPEC and the Rural Community Network have developed a survey directed to principals of rural schools throughout Argentina.

 

The main objective of the survey is to collect information on rural schools,
focusing on the socio-economic status of students, the educational services and specific problems of rural communities. The surveys were sent to 5.000 rural schools throughout the country. This information will allow a better diagnosis about the condition of rural education, their situation in comparison with urban areas and differences between rural schools. This data could be a key input for decision makers to define public policies that promote a more equitable distribution of educational services.

 

This paper describes ways in which the state reduces, reproduces and magnifies social inequalities through the distribution of education services (schools infrastructure, alimentary services, quality and quantity of teachers, books, computers, and other indicators).

 

It concludes presenting a methodology to measure state distribution of education services, adaptable to CSOs and at the state level, to improve future justice and transparency in education delivery.

 

About the author

 

Pablo Bezem holds a BA degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).He has a Postgraduate diploma in Education Policy Planning and Development from IIEP-UNESCO. He is currently an MA candidate in Economic International Relations at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He worked as assistant professor of Macroeconomics and Economic Policy at the University of Buenos Aires and as an intern for the Undersecretary of Finance of the Ministry of the Economy for the Nation. He is a Former Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Research, University of Buenos Aires. Currently, he works as a Project Coordinator at the Education Program of the Centro de Implementacion de Politicas Publicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC).

 
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