Honduran children start school at the age of
six. The nine-year compulsory school is compulsory and
free of charge. Virtually all children start school and
two out of three pupils choose to continue to the
three-year high school, which is voluntary and free of
Honduras has many vocational schools with technical
education. There are also 13 universities and colleges.
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Despite government investment in education during the
first decade of the 21st century, the quality of
schooling remains low. The school system is
bureaucratic, there is a shortage of school materials,
and poorly developed infrastructure makes it difficult
for children to get to school.
FACTS - EDUCATION
Proportion of children starting primary
83.3 percent (2017)
Number of pupils per teacher in primary
Reading and writing skills
89.0 percent (2016)
Public expenditure on education as a
percentage of GDP
21.7 percent (2017)
Public expenditure on education as a
percentage of the state budget
21.7 percent (2017)
Seven convicts for murder of environmental activist
Seven people are convicted of the murder of environmental activist Berta
Cáceres (see March 2016 and October 2017).
Among them is a senior leader and a security manager for the energy company
Desa, who was behind a hydroelectric project against which Cáceres led protests.
The others who are being killed are a military and four people who should have
been hired as contract killers. Former President Roberto David Castillo Mejía
has not yet been brought to justice (see March 2018).
President's brother arrested in the United States
Prosecutors in New York say they prosecuted President's brother Juan Antonio
Hernández for narcotics and weapons offenses and for providing false
information. "Tony" Hernández, who was arrested a few days earlier in Florida,
is accused of leading extensive smuggling of cocaine into the United States
between 2004 and 2016, in collaboration with smugglers in Colombia, Honduras and
Mexico. US prosecutors are conducting a series of lawsuits against Honduran
politicians and their relatives for involvement in drug smuggling (see, among
others, October 2015 and September 2017).
Hot on withdrawn assistance
US President Donald Trump threatens to withdraw aid to Honduras because of a
group of migrants heading to the United States. Guatemala and El Salvador are
also threatened with withdrawn assistance. The background is a "caravan" of
migrants who left San Pedro Sula on October 12 and quickly grew from a few
hundred to several thousand people, also from other Central American countries.
They have now made their way through Guatemala and across the border to southern
Mexico, on their way north. The migrants say they are fleeing violence and
poverty. Trump has threatened to send military and close the US-Mexico border to
block them out.
Tens of thousands of Hondurans are losing the right to be in the United
The US government decides to abandon the temporary protection status (TPS)
that Hondurans received after Hurricane Mitch in 1998 (see Modern History). The
decision affects at least 57,000 people who must now leave the United States
within 18 months, if they fail to obtain any other form of residence permit. TPS
provides temporary residence permits for citizens from severely crisis-hit
countries. Since Trump took office as President of the United States in January
2017, TPS has also been withdrawn for El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua, which
means that an additional over 300,000 people must leave the United States.
Congress wants to move the Israeli embassy
Congress votes to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move Honduras
embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision that requires the president's
support to get rid of follows the US decision in December 2017 to make the
corresponding move. Especially in the Muslim world, the move is controversial as
it is considered a position in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Honduras was one of only nine countries that voted against a UN resolution in
December condemning the US decision. Guatamala was also one of the nine and has
already decided to move its Israeli embassy.
The Energy Company CEO is arrested for conspicuous murder
Former CEO of the energy company Desa, Roberto David Castillo Mejía, is
arrested for involvement in the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres
(see March 2016 and October 2017). Eight other
people are already in custody on suspicion of involvement in the murder.
Castillo Mejía, previously a military intelligence officer, was arrested while
trying to leave the country to fly to the United States.
President Hernandez swears the oath
President Juan Orlando Hernández formally begins his second term in
conjunction with a ceremony in Tegucigalpa. Comprehensive demonstrations against
the president are held at the same time. After his new entry, Hernández
re-furnishes the government and, among other things, appoints Rocío Tábora as
New protest against established election results
Tens of thousands of Hondurans are participating in a demonstration in San
Pedro Sula against the recognition of President Hernández as a drummer. The day
before, the electoral authority has rejected the opposition's request to annul
the election. The United States and some 20 other countries have acknowledged
Hernández's victory. According to human rights groups, more than 30 people were
killed in connection with police operations after the election and around 800
have been arrested.