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close this bookReport on Reading in English in Primary Schools in Zambia - Education Research Paper No. 05 (DFID, 1993, 55 p.)
close this folder2. Zambia: Primary education
View the document2.1. Structure
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2.2. Statistics

The following statistics are from Focus on Learning (MOE, 1992). They refer to 1990, unless otherwise indicated.

Number of "complete" primary schools (grades 1-7) (1989)

2,957

Number of "incomplete" primary schools (grades 1-4) (1989)

501

Number of classes:

36,542

Total pupil population:

1,459,216

Average class size:

39.9

Total number of 7-13 yr olds:

1,643,853

Girls as percentage of enrolments (1989)

48.3%

Teachers in Primary Schools
(No data available on sex of teachers)


Trained

29,950

Untrained

5,241

Number of primary Teacher Training Colleges:
(plus one primary in-service training college)

10

Trained teachers are those that have successfully completed grade 12 (end of secondary school) plus two years Teacher Training College. The percentage of untrained teachers increased from 7.8% in 1986 to 14.9% in 1990.

Most primary schools in Lusaka and many in the urban Copperbelt run a triple shift system for years 1 to 4, and a double shift system for grades 5 to 7. Double shift systems mean that many children in Grades 1 to 4 are being taught less than 3 hours per day.