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The Future of Education in the Dominican Republic: Opportunities and Challenges

Latin America and the Caribbean USAID 2000 2000

Instead of an evaluation of the PDE, the work was conducted as an analysis of the evolutionof the PDE to identify its achievements and strengths as well as its shortfalls and weaknessesand apply this experience in the design and implementation of future actions. The focus onthe PDE is a methodological recourse that allows a great deal of specificity in the analysis ofthe contributing factors and obstacles encountered in the implementation of the PDE and theformulation of implications and recommendations, thus avoiding generalities of little or novalue for future policy choices. In the end, however, we believe our contribution should notbe limited to an evaluation of the PDE as process. Thus, while we use an analysis of the PDEas a methodological recourse, and we do make certain “process” suggestions, we also makesome recommendations regarding the substantive nature of the reforms that are needed.In order to carry out a profound analysis of the roots of the educational problems that havebeen affecting the Dominican Republic for many years, we applied an eclectic methodologicalapproach that combines traditional empirical analysis with personal accounts of the mostimportant events and conditions. Without the latter element of investigation, albeit informal,we would fall into the trap of a superficial and perfunctory analysis, leaving some criticallyrelevant issues out of the picture simply because they could be controversial, a practice notacceptable in DevTech’s consulting ethics. Unfortunately, the history of public education inDominican Republic is plagued by decisions and activities that are not entirely transparent tothe general public and are conveniently omitted from the analysis of the pusillanimousinvestigator.

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