Zambia: Education

International Development written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Claire Curtis-Thomas Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour, Crosby

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1274-5W, on Zambia: education, how the £22.1 million that his Department contributed to the multi-donor education fund was distributed.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander The Secretary of State for International Development

The multi-donor education fund to which the UK Government contributed under the 2003-07 Ministry of Education Strategic Plan was distributed across three sub sectors: free basic education, high school education, teacher and tertiary education. As illustrated in the following table, the majority of donor pooled resources were allocated to basic education.

2005 2006 2007 2008
Basic education 58 62 52 59
High school 24 15 40 24
Tertiary 11 13 3 12
Administration and support 7 10 5 5
Total 100 100 100 100

This support has resulted in the net enrolment ratio at primary school level increasing from 78 in 2002 to 97 in 2006; and from 9.4 in 2002 to 22.17 in 2006 for grades 10-12 as well as the number of orphans enrolled increasing three-fold from 12,967 in 2002 to 38,262 in 2005.

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