Education boom for Zim

HARARE - Zimbabwe's education sector has made great strides in terms of access and school completion rate among children despite the current economic challenges bedevilling government, says a Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) report.

According to the key findings of the 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, the gains were recorded both in primary and secondary education.

The survey was carried out by Zimstat with technical support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

“Since 2009, school readiness, the percentage of children in the first grade, (Grade 1) of primary school who had attended pre-school during the previous school year increased from about 75 percent to about 86 percent in 2014 while secondary school attendance ratio increased about 13 percentage points between 2009 and 2010,” revealed  Reza Hossani, Unicef’s representative to Zimbabwe during the report’s launch.

“Primary school completion rate, number of children attending the last grade of primary school during the previous school year who are in the first grade of secondary school during the current school year divided by number of children attending the last grade of primary school during the previous school year, increased twofold from about 43 percent in 2009 to about 99 percent in 2014.”

The Unicef boss said investments made in education over the years have managed to ensure that every child in primary school is able to reach the last grade of primary education.

The study also reveals that the country has done well in closing the gender gaps between boys and girls in education.

However, inequalities remain across the rural-urban divide, particularly in secondary education.

The primary and secondary net education rates is 96,2 percent and 73,9 for urban areas, while for rural areas the primary net education is 92,5 percent and 47,9 percent in secondary net education.

Comments (9)

Thumbs up Zim,however,the government needs to continue working for the betterment of welfares for our teachers and all within the education sector

carson Macate - 29 September 2014

These statistics don't excite me at all. The survey should have focused on how our education system is able or unable to prepare students with skills for working productively in order to contribute to the national economy while supporting themselves and their families. In the 1980s, a university graduate was almost 100 percent sure of getting a job within three months after leaving university. By the mid-1990s, a graduate was probably lucky to be 20 percent sure of getting a job within a year of graduating, and the tragedy continues to accelerate, making all those diplomas and degrees completely worthless as graduates are now vendors selling cabbages and tomatoes at Mbare Musika. The survey is just like those high literacy rates of Zimbabwe which are released just for our national self-aggrandisement (kuzvifadza zvenhando)..

Chenjerai Hove - 29 September 2014

Could not have said it better hit the nail on the head @ Chenjerai Hove.

Galore 123 - 29 September 2014

good news to the education sector only to be spoiled by BOSS LAZARUS DOFO

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 30 September 2014

May the good lord bless our state and all this brouhaha be rectified since everyone is born prewired with literacy moreso lets hope nobody shall under any circumstance charge anyone groundwater its tabooo!

clenk ndlovu - 30 September 2014

Thanks to COLONIALISM for introducing education to this part of the world. Thank you again to Cecil John Rhodes.

Musona - 30 September 2014

Musona, watanga manje. Woda kusonwa muromo wehoto iwoyo. cecil Rhodes braught nothing here except misery and suffering. Africans were literate long before Anglo Saxons graduated from being Vandals and Niendathals. What more can they teach Africans? Can they do cave painting? Can they dry bond palaces with stones? Shame!!

shame - 1 October 2014

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