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Title:Participation in education: primary school pupils' participation in Zimbabwe's Mashonaland Central Region
Author:Chitekuteku, Sibusiso R.ISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:educational policy
primary education
Abstract:Against the background of the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme (ESAP) adopted by the government of Zimbabwe in 1990 and its signing, also in 1990, of the World Declaration on Education for All in Jomtien, this paper assesses the performance of Mashonaland Central Region in implementing the policy of universal primary education. It is based on official statistics and reports from the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture relating to admissions and enrolments of primary school pupils in registered government and nongovernment schools in Mashonaland Central Region between 1986 and 1996. The gross admission rates of pupils in the region were high. However, the age specific admission rate of pupils of six years of age, the legal age for admission into the first grade of primary school, was low. Both under-age and over-age children were admitted into grade one, with the majority having attained the age of seven. The gross enrolment ratios were less than 100 percent. The gross admission rates for boys were slightly higher than those for girls. Bibliogr., sum.