Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 10, 2010 – The education and training policy of the government has enabled the country register remarkable achievements in the education sector over the last few years, the Ministry of Education indicated.
Education State Minister, Fuad Ibrahim said the country’s achievements witnessed in the education sector during the last few years have already gained international recognition.
The minister made the statement on Monday while opening the “Global Action Week” to be marked here in Ethiopia under the theme “Financing Quality Public Education: A Right for All”.
He said the access, equity, relevance, and quality of primary education, which were at infancy state before 1990, have shown remarkable changes over the last years.
For instance, he said, the number of primary schools in the country has reached 25,212 at present from only 8,434 before the year 1990 boosting primary school enrollment of the nation to more than 15 million to date from only some 2 million earlier.
According to the minister, the budget allotted to the education sector constitutes about 23.6 percent of the total budget of the country.
He said Ethiopia has been receiving financial assistance for the development of the education sector as per the decision of developed nations, international community, and donor agencies held in Dakar, Senegal.
The minister said marking the “Global Action Week” aims at urging the developed nations, international community, and donor agencies to fulfill their commitment pledged at Dakar.
The minister reaffirmed on the occasion that the Ethiopian government will continue assisting on-going efforts geared toward ensuring both access and quality of education service across the country. He also urged stakeholders to assist the country toward improving the access, equity, relevance, and quality of education service in Ethiopia.