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Stats spotlight education gaps in LatAm


13:58, January 11, 2013

SANTIAGO, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- A newly published statistical yearbook of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) shows gaps in levels of education in the region.

In 2012, the average number of people among wealthy families enrolled in technical courses or universities was three times higher than among the poorest, according to the yearbook, released Thursday.

Ninety-four percent of schoolage children were enrolled in primary schools, but the figure dropped to 75 percent for secondary school kids.

In the economic and environmental fields, the yearbook shows a marked drop in energy use in relation to gross domestic product, meaning countries will require lesser amounts of energy, both renewable and non-renewable, for production.

Between 1990 and 2011, the amount of energy required for production went down from 1.42 percent to 1.28 percent in the region.

The yearbook is one of ECLAC's main undertakings, as it processes, compiles, systematizes and disseminates statistics and social, economic and environmental indicators for the region.

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