Education – Key Statistics



Indicators Data Year/Source
Preschool enrollment rate 3.6% 3,6% Statistical Yearbook 2010-2011
Net Intake Rate B=59%  G=52,9% T=56% Statistical Yearbook 2010-2011
Gross enrollment rate B=99,6% G=85,8% T=92,7% Statistical Yearbook 2010-2011
Completion rate B=68,5% G=49,1% T=58,8% Statistical Yearbook 2010-2011
Parity Index 0,86 Statistical Yearbook 2010-2011
Children (5-17 years) out of  school 7.4 millions (52% filles) ; 60% ont 6 et 7 ans Out of school Study 2012
Transition from primary to secondary 74.7% (Gross rate) Statistical Yearbook 2010-2011
Gross enrollment  rate in secondary school 38,5% Statistical Yearbook 2010-2011

Despite decades of economic and political crisis the coverage and performance of the education sector has increased in recent years. Although there is gender parity in enrolment at at primary level, important differences between provinces remain.


Primary school completion rate has reached 58,8% in 2011. In spite of the fee free primary education policy,  education costs remains high for families. Government transfers to support the functionning of schools and administrative offices remains insufficient. Pupils are  requested to pay different types of fees including teachers’ salaries.

After Nigeria and Ethiopia,  DRC has the largest number of school-children in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2012 Out of School study shows a direct relationship between the enrolment of children in school and the income status of a household. In poor families the access and retention of children is low, especially in rural areas, gender parity is 0.86 – and of those who reach university level, girls constitute only 30%


EAD 2012 Enfants en dehors de l'Ecole par province en RDC

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