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Zambia Education Profile 2012

In the education sector, emphasis has been placed on improving the quality of education through increased access, implementation of reforms in curriculum development, improving syllabus design, vocational-teacher enhancement, and creating an environment more conducive to learning. Focus has also been extended to generating equitable service delivery, including addressing gender disparities, as well as increasing education opportunities for the vulnerable groups.
In terms of programme performance, the sector presents a mixed picture. Whereas there has been remarkable improvement in access and equity, key challenges remain regarding quality and infrastructure development within the sector. For instance, although completion rates are high in Zambia compared to other sub-Saharan African countries, learning outcomes remain weak.
According to the latest national learning assessment results (2008) only one-third of grade-five (5) pupils meet the minimum requirements for mathematics and the English language. The shortage of English and mathematics teachers is in fact still a key challenge. The high-school exam pass rate has stagnated at 70% for the past four years. The tertiary system is also fragmented and poorly responsive to the labour market. Moreover, the newly developed Tertiary and Vocational Education Training (TEVET) system is yet to be fully implemented.