6 Achieve universal primary education

Tracking Progress


Net enrolment of children in primary education increased from 80% in 1990 to 102% in 2009, supported by the increased construction of schools, the removal of school fees in 2002 and the adoption of Free Basic Education and Re-entry Policies. Such policies also favoured an increase of 27.7 percentage points in primary school completion rates, from 64% in 1990 to 91.7% in 2009. The primary education target of 100% has already been attained. The main challenges at present are adult literacy, which declined from 79% in 1990 to 70% in 2004, and the low completion rate in secondary school (despite its increase from 14.4% in 2002 to 19.4% in 2009). The emphasis needs to be on the quality of education, achieving higher completion rates for girls in secondary education and improving access to post-secondary education and skills training.

 

1.43 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men