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Cameroon – Education: According to the World Bank, 23% of children in Cameroon know how to count and read after leaving primary school

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Written by Deckson N.

Of the 10 countries that participated in the evaluation of the Program of Analysis of Educational Systems (PASEC) 2014, Cameroon is 6th for the education of the children, 7th for the education of the girls and 8th for the equal access to quality education.

The World Bank has carried out a study within the framework of its Program for the Analysis of Education Systems (PASEC). Ten Francophone West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Chad and Togo) Learning outcomes. The objective of the study is to assess students’ mathematics and reading skills (in French).

Of the 10 countries that participated in the PASEC 2014 evaluation, Cameroon is 6th for children’s education, 7th for girls’ education of the poorest girls and 8th for equality of children and access to quality education. Thus, only 23% of children complete their primary schooling by having attained the sufficient level of mastery defined by PASEC for mathematics and reading.

According to Le Quotidien de l’Economie published on January 30, 2017, the study noted significant disparities in learning. Particularly between the most affluent and the most disadvantaged, with no real divide between boys and girls. Benin ranks fifth in terms of equal access to quality education and third in terms of education for the poorest girls. Only a quarter of children complete primary school by having attained the level of mastery defined by PASEC for mathematics and reading.

Significant disparities also persist between the educational achievement of students in the richest quintile and those in the rest of the population. Burkina Faso ranks fourth in terms of equal access to quality education, but sixth in terms of education for the poorest girls. Only 28% of children complete primary school by having attained the level of mastery defined by PASEC for mathematics and reading.

The program aims at improving the educational attainment of the poorest girls will therefore be a major challenge for the future. Burundi ranks first in terms of educating children, especially for the poorest girls, and equal access to quality education.

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