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Government expenditure on education and training for the financial year 2020/2021 was estimated at Rs 16,529 million compared to Rs 18,303 million for 2019/2020, representing 7.7% and 9.3% of total expenditure respectively.
2. Pre-primary education
Pre-primary schools numbered 789 in October 2021 with an enrolment of 23,603 children of whom 48.8% were girls. The Gross Enrolment Ratio (number of students enrolled per 100 population aged 4 and 5 years) works out to 92.5% with an average of 13 pupils per teacher.
3. Primary education
As at October 2021, there were 319 primary schools with 84,129 pupils of whom 49.7% were girls. The number of persons employed comprised 8,819 persons including 4,651 General Purpose Teachers and 1,285 Oriental Language teachers. The Gross Enrolment Ratio (number of students enrolled per 100 population aged 6 to 11 years) is 99.9% and the pupil/teacher (general purpose) ratio works out to 18.
4. Secondary education
As at October 2021, there were 178 schools providing secondary Regular and Extended Education. The secondary school enrolment was 102,722 of whom 51.0% were girls. The number of teachers was 9,379. The Gross Enrolment Ratio (number of students enrolled per 100 population aged 12 to 19 years) works out to 71.9% and the pupil/teacher ratio 11.
5. Primary School Achievement Certificate (PSAC), School Certificate (SC) & Higher School Certificate (HSC) Results
The percentage of school candidates meeting PSAC requirement before re-assessment, was 73.9 in 2020. After re-assessment, the percentage stood at 78.0. The pass rate for the SC increased from 70.9% in 2019 to 85.7% in 2020 and that for the HSC increased from 75.0% to 90.0%.
6. Tertiary Education
Tertiary level enrolment decreased from 49,653 in 2019 to 48,568 students in 2020.
29 April 2022