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Primary Education

International Development written question – answered on 20th November 2003.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the ratio of girls to boys enrolled in primary school in Asia has been in the last 10 years.

Mr. Gareth Thomas:

Internationally agreed figures for gender ratios of enrolments for each of the last 10 years do not exist. However the most recent Education For All Global Monitoring Report published by UNESCO in November 2003 compares the Gender Parity Index (GPI), defined as the ratio of female-to-male gross enrolment ratios, for the Asia regions (Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, and South and West Asia) between 1990 and 2000. Details are:

Ratio of girls to boys in primary school
1999 2000
Central Asia 0.99 0.99
East Asia and Pacific 0.94 0.99
South and West Asia 0.76 0.84

The Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2003–04, containing this data, is available at

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