Santiago de Cuba.— On December 18, the First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, reiterated in this city the importance, for all branches of education, of upholding the global prestige of Cuba’s educational program designed by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz.

“If the Cuban education system is one of the greatest works of the Revolution, thanks to the thought of Fidel, one of the main things we must do in order to continue his ideas, is to work together so that this work blossoms and improves,” stated Díaz-Canel, also a member of the Party Political Bureau.

In this regard, the Cuban leader mentioned progress being made this current academic year in the province, highlighting the stability of the education sector in general, with 1,196 functioning institutions, a staff of 18,946 teachers and 176,426 students. He went on to praise the province’s high teacher coverage rates, support offered to other territories, and positive work encouraging students to continue their studies; as well as investment which have seen repair and maintenance efforts carried out in 451 centers in various municipalities.

Díaz-Canel also highlighted achievements seen in sports and arts education, with good educational results and the restoration of several facilities.
He also mentioned work underway with the 14,379 students at the University of Oriente as well as the over 12,000 enrolled in Medical Sciences, to combine professional training, ideological development, and community work.
“Santiago de Cuba is accustomed to working well, and the current academic year will improve with increasingly better organizational, developmental, and transformative action,” he stated.
“If we took the oath so that Fidel would always be with us, in that sense this work must become a bulwark, so that in the process of training young people, the are able to channel our Comandante en Jefe both in their sentiments and daily actions,” stated Díaz-Canel.