Education in  Peru
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Learning In Peru
There are schools all over Peru even in villages far from large cities. The first six years of school are free and all children between six and fifteen are expected by the government to attend, but many children may not go to school because they are needed by their families to work. 

After primary school there follows an additional five-years of secondary education in colegios or high schools. A small number of students may go to university.
Even the poorest people see an education as an opportunity to improve their lives by learning to write, read and speak Spanish. Schools usually do not teach Native customs and traditions, but focus mostly on Hispanic (Spanish) culture, language and clothing. English is a language all students are expected to learn in the public schools.
Teachers are very highly thought of in Peru. Usually the teacher in a remote village will be the only one with a university or college education. The teacher is often asked to help solve personal problems, to settle arguments or to be the community spokesperson. 

Teachers are not paid a great deal compared to other professions in Peru. The amount the government pays teachers does not increase with years of experience. It stays the same no matter how many years a teacher has taught.

Many women are using the teaching profession to become more involved and known to the larger community. Peru has traditionally been a country where men have been responsible for making important decisions about the country, but this is slowly changing.
Education Statistics for Peru

Universities in Peru

Universities in Peru are mostly attended by those from wealthy families or those who have been able to continue their studies without the interruption of having to work to help support their families. 

To enter university, students have to write a  very difficult entrance exam. There are not many places available for study so it is only those who do very well that enter. 

Peruvians from wealthier families usually attend private universities. These have very high fees for students that can only be paid by families with a great deal of money.

The oldest university in all of the Americas and one of the oldest in the world is the University of San Marcos, which was started in 1551 in Lima. There are about 30, 000 students enrolled there.
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This video is a documentary about the state of education in Peru. It is in Spanish but does show clips of classroom life.