SBS-EM and UNICEF-Burundi release report on Inequality in Education

Solvay Brussels School - Economics & Management - News

In the framework of the Partnership between SBS-EM and the UNICEF office in Burundi, researchers at Solvay Brussels School have just released a report on the drivers of inequality in Burundi’s education system. This week, the main findings of the report have been presented at a conference on Burundi organised by the NGO umbrella organisation 11.11.11 in Brussels, in the presence of representatives of the Government of Burundi, Belgian Development Cooperation, members of the diaspora and the NGO community.

Prof.Philip Verwimp, promotor of the Partnership and lead author of the report, emphasises that  the quality of education in Burundi suffers from the strong increase in enrolment. The report shows that 50% of primary schools do not have any pupils admitted to the Lycéé (top-tier secondary schools). Given the limited number of seats available in secondary schools, only pupils from good quality primary schools are able to do well in the Concours National, the competitive exam after primary school. These pupils largely reside in the capital or in urban centres. Pupils from poor, rural communities have much less of a chance to continue their education.

Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods, the report also unveils a number of other issues that need to be tackled in order to allow the learning and development of the pupil to be at center stage, in particular food shortage, poverty and health concerns,  parental involvement and expectations, early pregnancy and drop-out and the legacy of civil war, displacement and violence.

Read full report.