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US Education Secretary Duncan visits Haiti classrooms, calls for openness to improve schools

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    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plays basketball with high school students during his visit to the Lycee de Petion-Ville school in Petion-Ville, Haiti, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Duncan was expected to announce a U.S. education aid package for Haiti during his two-day visit. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)The Associated Press

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    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stands with students during his visit to Lycee de Petion-Ville high school in Petion-Ville, Haiti, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Duncan was expected to announce a U.S. education aid package for Haiti during his two-day visit. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)The Associated Press

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    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, center, stands in a classroom during his visit to the National School in Tabarre, Haiti, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Duncan was expected to announce a U.S. education aid package for Haiti during his two-day visit. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)The Associated Press

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    Students watch U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan play basketball with high school students at the Lycee de Petion-Ville school in Petion-Ville, Haiti, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Duncan was expected to announce a U.S. education aid package for Haiti during his two-day visit. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)The Associated Press

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    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, left, stands with Haiti's Education Minister Vanneur Pierre holding flowers given to them by students at the Lycee de Petion-Ville school in Petion-Ville, Haiti, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Duncan was expected to announce a U.S. education aid package for Haiti during his two-day visit. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)The Associated Press

A senior U.S. official has made a rare trip to impoverished Haiti to see how he can help improve its schools.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is visiting classrooms where the students face obstacles to getting an education. He saw a seventh-grade class with more than a hundred students. He visited a school where the children sleep on the streets at night.

Duncan said Tuesday that he believes greater transparency can help improve education standards by letting people know more about student and teacher enrollment.

His two-day visit came as the U.S. Agency for International Development announced a $15 million grant to improve literacy rates in Haiti. The U.N. children agency UNICEF says the country's literacy rate is around 50 percent.

Duncan leaves Haiti on Wednesday.

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