6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are?

Primary school students of Trashiyangtse, Bhutan. Photo Tashi Wangmo @UNDP Bhutan

The Gross Primary Enrollment Ratio (GPER) for Bhutan has increased from 55% in 1990 to 118% in 2012, which shows an average growth of 4.0% per year. Bhutan’s Net Gross Primary Enrollment Ratio (NPER) in 2012 was also increased to 95.60%.

According to the Ministry of Education, around 1% of 6-12 year old children are studying abroad and around 2% of the 6-12 year olds are enrolled in monastic institutions. The Royal Government is confident the target of 100% NPER will be achieved before 2015.

Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men