En­roll­ment rate in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in­creased to al­most 100% in Iran: min­is­ter

Tehran Times - - SOCIETY -

TEHRAN — While in 1970s there en­roll­ment rate of the boys and girls in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion was 70 per­cent, cur­rently it ex­ceeds 98 per­cent, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter said on Thurs­day.

There are ele­men­tary schools in al­most all ar­eas across the coun­try and there are even ele­men­tary schools in some re­gions with only one stu­dent, Mo­ham­mad Bat’haei said.

Of course there are a num­ber of out-of-school chil­dren, but the numbers show the de­cline of the num­ber of out-of-chil­dren in pri­mary school age.

En­roll­ment of boys and girls in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion is al­most equal in the coun­try, Fars news agency quoted him as say­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the Our World data web­site pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion to­day is fo­cused on es­tab­lish­ing the fun­da­men­tal lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills among chil­dren, as well as de­vel­op­ing their un­der­stand­ing of the world. Th­ese skills are in­creas­ingly nec­es­sary for life in the mod­ern world, and are es­sen­tial to the func­tion­ing of de­vel­oped economies. For this rea­son, pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion is com­pul­sory and pro­vided by the state in al­most all coun­tries around the world.

The sec­ond United Na­tions Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goal was to “en­sure that, by 2015, chil­dren every­where, boys and girls alike, will be able to com­plete a full course of pri­mary school­ing.” This goal was missed but sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made. In 1970, 28% of pri­mary-school-age chil­dren in the world were not at­tend­ing school, to­day this share has de­cline to 9% -- equiv­a­lent to 60 mil­lion chil­dren not in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.

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