The results of inadequate spending on public education were again lay bare this week when a jaw-dropping 94% of recent Nicaraguan high school graduates failed the basic entrance exam for the National University of Engineering (UNI).
According to the UNI’s test results, only 136 of 2,770 high school graduates were able to pass the basic math test.
Two students among the herd scored perfect 100s, but most of the others who passed squeaked by with minimal scores close to 60, according to El Nuevo Diario.
On the part of the UNI’s test measuring aptitude for studies in architecture, 29% received passing grades, the university reports.
Despite the dire condition of Nicaragua’s education system, the government continues to reduce spending in relation to gross domestic product. According to the recently approved 2013 Budget, Nicaragua this year will further reduce education spending to 2.8% of the GDP—less than half of what other countries in Central America are allocating to education.