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Africa: Primary Education

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the net enrolment ratio in primary education in (a) Malawi, (b) Liberia and (c) Zambia in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12. (213297)

In Malawi it is estimated that around 80 per cent. of primary school-age children are in school. The draft Malawi National Education Sector Plan (NESP) 2008-17 has a target of increasing this to 95 per cent. by 2012-13. This is only achievable with increased investments in teachers, classrooms and teaching and learning materials. With these efforts, the Department for International Development (DFID) estimates the net enrolment ratio (NER) could increase to 86 per cent. in 2009-10; 89 per cent. in 2010-11 and 92 per cent. in 2011-12.

DFID is not in a position to make an assessment for Liberia, because we do not provide bilateral support for education.

In Zambia the Ministry of Education national implementation framework is aligned to the Fifth National Development Plan (FNDP) 2006-10. Projections and targets for all programme activities are currently within the five-year period of development plans. The estimated NER in primary education in 2009-2010 is 97.3 per cent. The government is in very early stages of planning for the next development plan cycle. Therefore, there are no national estimates provided for 2010-11 and 2011-12.