Education in Lesotho
Education in Lesotho is not compulsory or free. In 1996, the gross primary enrollment rate was 107.7 percent, while the net primary enrollment rate was 69.9 percent, with higher rates for girls than boys. Many young boys involved in herding forgo even the most basic levels of primary education.
"This week [20 May 2010], the government of Lesotho passed an Education Act into law that will legalize the right to free and compulsory education. This single act will ensure that all kids in Lesotho will be able to access the education they deserve.
Lesotho already introduced free primary education in 2000, which increased primary enrollment rates to 82 percent. The new education act should further increase enrollment rates, specifically amongst the most vulnerable children that are still out of school. Lesotho has the third highest prevalence of HIV and 12 percent of their population is orphaned. This is the group of kids that will benefit the most from the new education act."
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