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Basic and Secondary Education

Education is not just a concern for governments, but for students and parents, communities, and employers. It is critical for reducing poverty.

Primary education enrollment averages around 90% in the region. However, this high rate masks serious deficiencies in student retention, quality of education, and knowledge gained. Dropout rates are a source of concern. Persistent weaknesses in basic education have slowed progression to higher levels of education.

At the secondary education level, enrollment rates are far lower. School construction is required, particularly in areas of rapid population growth. Other steps to expand secondary education include comprehensive policy, financing, and structural reforms, as well as efforts to improve teacher training, curricula, and education service delivery.