The national government had assumed a progressively
important role in financing education in Colombia since
In addition to the Ministry of Education, the only
of public funds for education was Sena, which spent around
percent of the total spent on education. Sena obtained its
resources from a special tax on corporations based on
In Colombia public expenditures for education hovered
percent of the gross national product
beginning of the 1970s through the mid-1980s. Private
represented between 1.5 percent and 2 percent of GNP.
statistics indicated that public expenditures on education
Colombia fell well below the average of other similar
American countries, whereas private expenditures were
in comparable nations.
Data as of December 1988