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Widening access to quality secondary education

During the 2011 Education for All (EFA) Goals Summit, Zambia was applauded by the United Nations for having successfully met the EFA target of ensuring that all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances, and those belonging to ethnic minorities, should have access to, and complete, free and compulsory primary education of good quality by 2015.
The country achieved this goal through its Ministry of General Education (MoGE) which adopted a free primary education policy. This policy resulted into accelerated enrolments beginning 2002 at primary level. Aware of this accelerated enrolment, the Government rolled out an initiative that firstly, managed attrition and improved teacher supply by recruiting 5000 teachers per annum, and secondly, expanded school infrastructure country wide. By 2007, the country had 9000 primary schools.

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