Compared to other Latin American countries, education in Peru falls short. At the same time, families frequently do not send all their children to school because of the expenses such as matriculation fees, school uniforms, and required materials. There are several other problems which have to be addressed:
- High percentage of early school dropouts, especially among females who become pregnant while in school.
- Child labor.
- High school fees, low education quality: school fees in private schools are unreasonably high and unaffordable for most Peruvians. Most of the children in Nuevo Chimbote consequently attend overcrowded public schools.
- Low learning outcomes: In 2015, 27 percent of all primary school children in Santa Province did not possess basic math skills and only 50 percent achieved satisfactory reading competences.