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Ethiopia: Schools

International Development written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Department's bilateral aid review, what estimate he has made of the cost of putting 2 million children into school in Ethiopia by 2015.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

It costs £20 per year to send one child to primary school in Ethiopia, so the total cost to put 2 million children into primary school will be £40 million per year.

This represents extraordinary value for money. The low income country average equivalent figure is £60 per child per year, three times the cost in Ethiopia.

As well as financing enrolment and completion of primary education in Ethiopia, the Department for International Development (DFID) is also supporting efforts to improve the quality of primary and secondary education, and to reduce inequities in access, both between girls and boys and geographical regions. To help keep children in school and improve their results, DFID will pilot innovative ‘results-based aid’, paying for results by giving a financial incentive for each additional girl and boy that sits and passes their grade 10 examinations.

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