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Primary-School Population/Admission


PRIMARY SCHOOL POPULATION/ADMISSION
PRIMARY SCHOOLS – STANDARD I – ADMISSION – CUT OFF DATE (31/03/09)
(No. B/46) Mr S. Dayal (Second Member for Quartier Militaire & Moka) asked the Minister of Education, Culture & Human Resources whether he is aware that there is a substantial drop in the intake of students in Standard I at the primary level and if so, will he consider changing the cut off date of attaining the age of five on 31 December of the previous year to 31 March of the intake year so that children born on or before 31 March of that year be eligible for admission.
Dr. Bunwaree: Mr Speaker, Sir, I am indeed aware that intakes in standard one has over the past decades followed declining trend although it has remained more or less steady since 2003. This is mainly due to demographic reasons for the current school year standard one intakes stands at 17,876. As regards the proposal of the hon. Member to amends the regulations to the cut off dates 31st December be pushed to 31st March, I am informed that there have been attempts in the past namely in 1982 and 2001 to amend the regulations to change the cut off dates regarding age of admission to standard one. However, both amendments were repealed afterwards for administrative and pedagogical reasons.
Mr Speaker, Sir, the question is, however, pertinent and I agree that not withstanding the fact that the past two attempts of 1982 and 2001 have not been conclusive we should continue to reflect on the matter so that we can eventually come with a more acceptable formula for admission after consultation with all the stakeholders.
PRIMARY EDUCATION – COMPLETION RATE (06/07/10)
(No. 1A/14) Mr S. Obeegadoo (Third Member for Curepipe and Midlands) asked the Minister of Education and Human Resources whether, in regard to Primary Education, he will give, in each case, for the last ten years
(a) the Primary Completion Rate, and
(b) the Net Enrolment ratio.
Reply: As regards part (a), the Primary Completion Rate for the last ten years is as follows –
As for part (b), the Net Enrolment Ratio for the last ten years is as follows -
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Completion 99 98 95 99 100 99 98 98 97 95
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
NER 95 95 97 98 97 96 96 95 95 95
 
PRIMARY EDUCATION – ENROLMENT (09/04/13)
 
 
(No. A/44) Mr S. Obeegadoo (Third Member for Curepipe & Midlands) asked the Minister of Education and Human Resources whether he will state the latest available figures relating to the -
(a) net enrolment ratio for children aged 3-5;
(b) net enrolment ration for children aged 5-12;
(c) completion rate in primary education;
(d) number of out-of-school children in the 5-15 age group.
 
Reply: The Net Enrolment Ratio (NER) is the number of pupils enrolled in an age group, expressed as a percentage of the population in the same age-group.
(a) Net Enrolment ratio for children aged 3-5 is as follows –
 
Year 2010 2011 2012
 
NER 95.0 96.2 93
 
The reduction in NER from 2011 to 2012 is explained by the relatively higher decrease in the number of pupils enrolled in 2012 (-7.7%) as compared to the percentage decrease in population in that age group (-4.5%).
(b) Net Enrolment ratio for children aged 5 – 12 is as follows –
 
Year 2010 2011 2012
 
NER 96.4 97.0 97.9
(c) Completion rate in primary education is calculated as the ratio of the number of students successfully completing the last year of primary school (standard VI) in a given year to the total number of children aged 11 years in the population and is as follows –
 
Year 2010 2011 2012
 
Completion rate in primary education 73.8 71.5 74.6
(d) Number of out of school children in the 5 – 15 age group is as follows –
 
Year 2010 2011 2012
 
Number of out of school children
11,387 10,702 9,286