Enrollment at primary level: gender difference disappears in Bangladesh
PublisherBRAC Research and Evaluation Division (RED)
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CitationChowdhury, A. M. R., Nath, S. R., & Choudhury, R. K. (1999, December). Enrollment at primary level: gender difference disappears in Bangladesh. Research Reports (1999): Social Studies, Vol – XXIII, 296–323.
In the recent past, there has been a number of new initiatives to improve the access to primary education in many developing countries. Such initiatives, which came from the public, private and non-governmental (NGO) sectors, have resulted in improved performance in various efficiency indicators. This paper reports results from a nationwide study in Bangladesh on the levels and changes in enrollment pattern of children at the primary level. Gross enrollment ratio has reached 107% and net enrollment 77%. Gender gap has disappeared; in fact girls have surpassed boys! However, the increase in enrollment taking place is not at the desired speed; it is less than one percentage point per year. The government is still the major provider of primary education with two-thirds of all enrollments, but non formal schools run by NGOs also have important contribution in the positive changes that are taking place in Bangladesh.