n Africa Insight - The role of Universal Primary Education in development : implementation strategies and lessons from past mistakes

Volume 37, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


It is has become universally mandatory that every child of school age - irrespective of gender - should go to school and receive at least a primary education. This article discusses strategies for implementing meaningful and sustainable Universal Primary Education (UPE). It postulates that successful UPE should conduct proper diagnosis of the present and future populations of pupils, the demand for teachers at all levels, and the number of secondary and tertiary institutions necessary to absorb primary and secondary school graduates respectively. Effective implementation of the UPE requires built-in employment strategies in the industrial, commercial and continued education sectors, with sufficient capacity to absorb the UPE graduates, thereby minimising the problem of unemployment and its associated social and economic vices that has a negative effect on national development.

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