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MOST POPULOUS SPANISH COUNTRY
is the most populous Spanish-
speaking country in the world. According to the latest statistics, México's total population
is over 99 million. Mestizos, of Indian and Spanish blood),
make up 60%
of the population, followed by indigenous peoples
(9%), and other ethnic minorities
Carnaval in Mazatlan
and locals scream, sing, shout and dance amid confetti and ribbons.
Bands of all kinds play the infectious rhythms of the State of Sinaloa.
And the food–oh, the food–camarones (shrimp) prepared in
every way possible, washed down with ice cold Pacifico beer, for it’s
Carnaval Time, Mazatlán’s biggest pachanga (fiesta).
What is education like
Although educational levels in México have improved substantially in
recent decades, the country still faces daunting problems. Education is
one of the Government of México's highest priorities and it has
increased the education budget in recent years to nearly $15
billion--one-fourth of the total budget. The Mexican Government has also
been decentralizing education from federal to state authority in order
to improve accountability.
Education is mandatory
from ages 6 through 18. The increase in school enrollments during the
past two decades has been dramatic. By the mid_1990s, an estimated 59
percent of the population between the ages of 6 and 18 were enrolled in
school. Primary (including preschool) enrollment in public schools from
1970 through 1994 increased from less than 10 million to 17.5 million.
Enrollment at the secondary public school level rose from 1.4 million in
1972 to as many as 4.5 million in 1994.
A rapid rise also
occurred in higher education. Between 1959 and 1994, college enrollments
rose from 62,000 to more than 1.2 million. Although education spending
has risen dramatically, given increased enrollment, a net decline
occurred in per student expenditures. The Mexican Government concedes
that despite this progress, two million children still don't have access
to basic education, and hopes to provide access to half of those
children by this year.
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