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Normal school of preceptors of Lima: first fiftieth anniversary of its foundation

Escuela Normal de Preceptoras1926

National Library of Peru

National Library of Peru
Lima, Peru

During the early Republic, academic opportunities for women were rare. Despite some attempts to regulate female education as well as the increase in schools for women, their education only reached the primary level, not being able to access secondary or higher. This will change towards the end of the 19th century, along with a greater participation of women in the literate world. Initially, female admission to university studies was banned, so the first women who sought to enroll in higher education faculties had to process special permits as well as take demanding aptitude tests. For this reason, girls who finished primary school often chose to enroll in normal schools, where they were trained as teachers. Various leaders and legislatures sought to have these schools open in different parts of the country, although many attempts were unsuccessful. However, that was not the case of the Normal School of Preceptors of Lima, an institution founded in 1976, which, although with a different name, still works to this day.

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