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Ministry of Education and Culture (Uruguay)

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Ministry of Education and Culture
Ministerio de Educación y Cultura
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Ministry overview
Formed26 February 1848 (1848-02-26)
Minister responsible
Parent departmentGovernment of Uruguay
WebsiteEducation and Culture

The Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay is the ministry of the Government of Uruguay that is responsible for the coordination of national education, the promotion of the country's cultural development, the preservation of the nation's artistic, historical and cultural heritage, as well as innovation, science and technology and the promotion and strengthening of the validity of human rights. It is also responsible for the development of the state communication multimedia system and for promoting the digitized access of the entire population to information.

It is also responsible for the formulation and coordination of policies regarding the judicial defense of the interests of the State and for ensuring the necessary information for the correct application of the law. The Ministry is headquartered in the Reconquista Street in Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo. The current Minister of Education and Culture is Pablo Da Silveira, who has held the position since 1 March 2020.[1]


The first record of a public body for the administration of education dates from 26 February 1848 with the creation of the Institute of Public Instruction. This institute had executive, technical, and administrative powers. A year later, the University of the Republic was founded, which had among its missions, teaching at all levels, a fact that was never put into practice. In 1891, a cabinet reshuffle was made, becoming the newly created Ministry of Development responsible for the administration of public education.

On 12 March 1907, then President Claudio Williman made a new cabinet reshuffle, dividing the Ministry of Development into the "Ministry of Public Works" on the one hand and the Ministers of Industry, Work and Public Instruction on the other.

In the second presidency of José Batlle y Ordóñez another cabinet reshuffle of the ministries takes place, so on 4 March 1912 the Ministry of Justice and Public Instruction is constituted. Subsequently, on 19 March 1936 the then de facto president Gabriel Terra called him Ministry of Public Instruction and Social Prevision.

In 1967 it receives a new denomination, it began to be called Ministry of Culture, but finally in 1970 it obtained the current denomination of Ministry of Education and Culture.


List of Ministers of Education and Culture

List of Ministers of Education and Culture of Uruguay since 1884 (under its various naming):

Ministers of Justice, Culte and Public Instruction
Minister Period
Juan Lindolfo Cuestas 1884–1886
Aureliano Rodríguez Larreta 1886
Marcelino Berthelot 1886–1887
Duvimioso Terra 1886–1888
Martín Beragunde 1886–1890
Ministers of Promotion
Minister Period
Juan Alberto Capurro 1891–1893
Juan José Castro 1894–1897
Jacobo A. Varela 1897–1899
Carlos María De Pena 1899
Gregorio L. Rodríguez 1899–1901
José Serrato 1903–1904
Juan Alberto Capurro 1903–1906
Ministers of Industry, Work and Public Instruction
Minister Period
Gabriel Terra 1907–1911
José Batlle y Ordoñez 1911
Ministers of Justice and Public Instruction
Minister Period
Baltasar Brum 1913–1914
Pablo Blanco Acevedo 1922–1924
Carlos María Prando 1925–1927
Santín Carlos Rossi 1929
Andrés F. Puyol 1933
Horacio Abadie Santos 1933–1934
José Otamendi 1934–1935
Ministers of Public Instruction and Social Prevision
Minister Period
Martín R. Echegoyen 1935–1936
Eduardo Víctor Haedo 1936–1938
Luis Mattiauda 1943–1946
Juan Carbajal Victorica 1946–1947
Francisco Forteza 1947–1948
Oscar Secco Ellauri 1948–1951
Eduardo Blanco Acevedo 1951–1952
Justino Zavala Muniz 1952–1955
Renán Rodríguez 1955–1956
Clemente Ruggia 1956–1959
Eduardo Pons Etcheverry 1959–1963
Juan E. Pivel Devoto 1963–1967
Ministers of Culture
Minister Period
Luis Hierro Gambardella 1967–1968
Alba Roballo 1968–1969
Federico García Capurro 1969–1970
Ministers of Education and Culture
Minister Period
Carlos M. Fleitas 1970–1971
Ángel Rath 1971–1972
Julio María Sanguinetti 1972–1973
José María Robaina Ansó 1973
Edmundo Narancio¹ 1973–1975
Daniel Darracq¹ 1975–1981
Raquel Lombardo de De Betolaza¹ 1981–1983
Juan Bautista Schroeder Otero¹ 1983–1984
Armando López Scavino¹ 1984–1985
Adela Reta 1985–1990
Guillermo García Costa 1990–1993
Antonio Mercader 1993–1995
Samuel Lichtensztejn 1995–1998
Yamandú Fau 1998–2000
Antonio Mercader 2000–2002
Leonardo Guzmán 2002–2004
José Amorín Batlle 2004–2005
Jorge Brovetto 2005–2008
María Simón 2008–2010
Ricardo Ehrlich 2010–2015
María Julia Muñoz 2015 – 2020
Pablo Da Silveira 2020 – Incumbent


  1. ^ "Nuevos secretarios de Estado firmaron Libro de Actas ante el flamante presidente, Luis Lacalle Pou - Presidencia de la República". Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  2. ^ "mec · historia". 4 September 2009. Archived from the original on 4 September 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2020.

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