Social Sector Development

Social Sector Development

Activities Show Satisfactory



ADDIS ABABA, March 13 (WIC) The first five years of the country's 20-year education and health sector development programme have brought forth encouraging results, according to a senior government official. Dr. Kebede Taddese, head of the social and administrative affairs sector in the Office of the Prime Minister with a rank of Minister, told the second annual conference on evaluation of the county's educational and health sector development activities that satisfactory results have been obtained in the two sectors.


According to Dr. Kebede, positive results have been obtained especially in the provision of education and health services, in strengthening project execution capacity, and in presentation of performance reports while a great deal more is yet to be done in collection and utilization of information, and in drawing and monitoring of development plans.


In a speech he made on the same occasion, Ato Girma Asfaw, co-ordinator of educational sector development programme in the Ministry of Education, said the rate of student enrollment rate had already reached 46 per cent in 1991 even though the target set was for reaching 50 per cent by the end of 1994 academic year.


Ato Girma said a sum of 12.251 billion Birr had been allocated for launching of the five-year educational sector development that kicked off in 1990 (E.C). Various activities have been undertaken since then including construction of schools and distribution of textbooks and assignment of teachers. According to Ato Girma, student enrollment rate at the elementary

level has grown by 23 per cent and female enrollment, too, has increased by 30 per cent.


Meanwhile, Dr. Gebre Meskel Habte Mariam, head of the department of planning and programme in the Ministry of Health, said the health coverage has grown from 48.5 to 51 per cent during the project phase.


The conference in being attended by heads of educational and health bureaux of the federal and state governments as well as by foreign aid donors, international institutions and lending organizations, it was learnt.