Students from the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) and Universidad Nacional (UNA) two state universities – held a protest in San Jose on Tuesday, demanding increased government spending on education.

The students protested in downtown San Jose, urging legislators approve a law that would allocate 1.5% of the country’s GDP for higher education in the 2018 national budget, instead of the 1.38% proposed by the government of President Luis Guillermo Solis.

Costa Rica’s Constitution calls for 8% of the gross national product (GDP) be granted for public education, of which 1.5% would correspond to the Special Fund for Higher Education (FEES) of universities.

For the most part, the protests took place in front of the Legislative Assembly building and the Plaza de la Democracia, and spilling over onto some of the downtown streets.


A sign reads “Education for the worker” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo: EFE

A student chants and leads a march at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo: EFE

A student depicting a dead body lies on the ground at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:E FE
A student depicts the grim reaper at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo: EFE
Protesters hold signs reading “No more cuts” and “Education should not pay for corruption” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo: EFE
A protester holds a sign reading “for public universities” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo: EFE
A protester holds a sign reading “education comes first” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo: EFE
A protester holds a sign reading “charge the defaulters not education” at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo: EFE
Protesters hold signs about education and funding at a protest in San Jose on September 12, 2017. Photo:EFE