Colombia’s Education Minister, Maria Fernanda Campo, revealed that 561,277 students are registered in the country’s education system but don’t actually exist; in other words, they are “phantom students” who absorb resources from the State.
The Department of Education has been auditing the nation’s schools, which made it possible for them to identify the situation and take action to correct it. The system showed there were 9,418,237 students in Colombia’s public schools but the audits revealed that the real number is closer to 8,856,960. Buenaventura was the city with the most “phantom students”, followed by Turbo and Riohacha.
The entity was able to recover 840,000 million pesos and redirect it so that the funds may benefit actual students.