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6 Achieve universal primary education
Where we are?
Turkmenistan has a relatively high level of primary and secondary education. This was confirmed by the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS-3) conducted in the country in 2006 by national statistical offices and UNICEF.
According to the survey, of the total number of children aged 7 about 97% attend the first grade of primary school. There are no differences between urban and rural areas. The net rate of school attendance is high in Turkmenistan. About 99% of children of primary school age attend school. More than 95% of children of secondary school age attend secondary school.
Owing to the fact that Target 2 “Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling” has been achieved in Turkmenistan in principle, the country set the new national target “Improve access to quality education at all levels and achieve international standards in education.”
In the 2010/2011 academic year the number of students in secondary vocational schools increased by 44.3% compared with the 2000/2001 academic year or by 38.1% compared with the 2007/2008 academic year.
The number of students in the higher education establishments in the 2010/2011 academic year increased by 42.6% compared with the 2000/2001 academic year or by 39% compared with the 2007/2008 academic year.
Although the national vocational education system has undergone positive changes in recent years, it still needs further improvement to comply with the International Standard Classification of Education (UNESCO).
This MDG update was provided by Turkmenistan’s National Statistical Office in April 2011
The 8 Millennium Development Goals
- 1 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
- 2 Achieve universal primary education
- 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
- 4 Reduce child mortality
- 5 Improve maternal health
- 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- 7 Ensure environmental sustainability
- 8 Develop a global partnership for development
Targets for MDG2
- 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