LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales said Monday that “women are more intelligent” than men, since over the years he has seen how they are the students that get the best grades.
“I don’t want to annoy men, but I’m seeing that women are more intelligent. It hurts me as a man, but it’s true,” the president said in the Andean city of El Alto as the second semester of the school year in his country began.
Morales recalled how, when he was a union leader in El Chapare and was invited to an event ending the school year, those who got the best student awards were mostly girls, while the government grants for high school graduates with the best academic records were also mostly won by girls
Since he took office in 2006, Morales has often been criticized for his macho way of talking.
The last time was in January for his swearing-in speech in the legislature, where he said that if women weren’t such “capricious little creatures” and didn’t fight among themselves, they would be in charge of governing Bolivia because they’re honest and “work harder.”
According to Morales, Bolivia is the Latin American country after Cuba that invests the most in education, something he wants to continue improving.
The president spoke of the importance of education “for the liberation and development of the Bolivian people,” though he stressed that it is essential to “make progress in scientific knowledge” because the country “still has a dependency in the technology field.”
The Bolivian educational system has a total of some 2.8 million students at the pre-school, elementary and high school levels, according to official data.