Every Sunday the World Bank in Tanzania in collaboration with the newspapwer The Citizen want to stimulate your thinking by sharing data from recent official surveys and ask you a few questions.
Are all Tanzania children really going to school?
Over the past decade, Tanzania has been close to reaching almost its universal primary education targets according to official statistics. However, when Tanzanian households were asked directly in recent surveys, they reported that:
- 17% of their seven to thirteen year-olds were not attending school
- 30% of the seven or eight year-olds in rural areas were not attending school and as much as 45% for those in the poorest quintile
- 45% of those of the seven or eight year-olds not attending school in the rural areas are among the poorest people
- About 1/3 (400,000) of the 1.2 million seven-year-olds are out of school, with rural boys less likely to go to school than girls.
Those responses warrant a number of questions: