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Title:Free access to primary education in Lesotho: do pupils stay on course and complete the primary school cycle on time?
Authors:Khati, T.G.ISNI
Khati, M.V.
Makatjane, T.J.
Periodical:Lesotho Social Sciences Review (ISSN 1028-0790)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Lesotho
Southern Africa
Subjects:primary education
academic achievement
Education, Elementary
Abstract:For the Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals regarding universal primary education to succeed, pupils who enrol in school must stay on course and complete primary education within seven years. Notwithstanding the fact that the government of Lesotho introduced Free Primary Education in 2000, there is an emerging trend, or perhaps a continuing phenomenon, of pupils not completing the cycle within the given period, thus causing great educational wastage. The present study examines whether or not pupils enrolled in standard/grade one in 2000 all reached the completion year in 2006. Data were collected from four urban and four rural primary schools in the Mafeteng and Maseru districts. The findings indicate that generally pupils do not complete the seven-year programme on time. Class enrolments constantly decreased as pupils progressed to upper grades. The completion rate in the rural schools was worse than in the urban ones. Half the pupils in the rural schools did not reach standard 7, compared to 23 percent in the urban schools. The overall wastage for boys was higher than that for girls and this was the case in both the rural and urban schools. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]