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close this bookAn Analysis of Primary Teacher Education in Trinidad and Tobago: The MUSTER Project (CIE, 2002, 156 p.)
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View the document2.1 Structure of the Education System
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2.3 Enrolment

The pattern of enrolment growth for both primary and secondary sectors is shown in Table 2.1 and Figure 2.1. These show that numbers have been declining at the primary level and have remained fairly stable at the secondary level. The underlying reason for the decline is that the population of school-age children is shrinking. Projections suggest that this trend will continue into the foreseeable future. Table 2.1 also shows the most recent projections.

Primary enrolments show consistently larger numbers of males than females. However, in the secondary sector, enrolments are broadly balanced by gender (Table 2.1).

Until 2000, the transition rate into secondary schools had been between 75% and 80%. About 28,000 pupils sat the CEE and about 20,000 were placed in one or other types of secondary school. Beginning in 2000, all pupils sitting the terminal primary school examination are supposed to be placed in a secondary school.

Table 2.1. Projected School Enrolment, by Level of Education and Gender, 1990-2005

Level of Education

Gender

Projected School Enrolment



1990

1995

2000

2005

Primary

Total

194,455

187,983

171,062

162,569


Male

98,550

95,270

86,694

82,390


Female

95,905

92,713

84,368

80,179

Secondary

Total

98,786

111,503

111,707

101,342


Male

49,245

55,584

55,686

50,519


Female

49,541

55,919

56,021

50,823

Source: Central Statistical Office. Estimates based on Census Data.


Figure 2.1. Enrolment growth at primary and secondary levels.