A Portrait of Education in Equatorial Guinea

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A Portrait of Education in Equatorial Guinea

William Sands for the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

Far too few resources have been invested in Equatorial Guinea’s national education system.  For a country with a per capita GDP of $30,000, conditions in Equato-Guinean schools should be significantly better than they are. Of the regime’s national budget in 2009 only 1.97% was spent on education.  As a result many of the country’s schools are overpopulated and understaffed, there are few education materials and many teachers complain of not being paid and the lack of any institutional support.  It is estimated that less than 65% of enrolled primary school students attend classes, which often results in students being forced to repeat grades.  This coupled with the fact that many students enter the education system late, means that an estimated 83% of the student population is overage for their given grade.

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