72 Percent of Ethiopia's Children Said Have No Access to Formal Education
ADDIS ABABA, September 5 (ENA) - Seventy-two percent of millions of school age children in Ethiopia do not have access to formal education, a study paper indicated.
According to the paper presented at a two-day workshop on basic education in Ethiopia, here yesterday, the disparity between states and gender remained high even though the government expenditure on education has reached over 15 percent of the nation's annual budget.
The paper indicated that drop out at the first cycle of the primary education was also as high as 26 percent.
Although schools intake, enrollment rate, availability of textbooks and other indictors of the level of basic education in the country have shown remarkable rise over the past five years, rigorous efforts should be deployed to meet the national demands of educational programme, the author of the paper said.
Opening the conference, field office director with Save the Children-USA (SC-USA), Jay Zimmerman said basic education, as the right of every person "should be strengthened at national level encompassing all relevant ministries and national and civil society organizations."
Director General of Adult and Informal Education Association of Ethiopia (AIEAE), Mammo Kebede said on his part that the workshop was organized with a view to give basic education more focus and better attention.
The workshop was organized by AIEAE in cooperation with Basic education Network and SC-USA.