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Table 10: Number of Primary Schools by District

District

1990/91

1994/95

1997/98

1990/91

1994/95

1997/98

       

U

R

U

R

U

R

Belize

Cayo

Corozal

Orange Walk

Stann Creek

Toledo

65

44

39

36

31

44

69

56

40

36

28

47

70

55

42

36

25

50

37

13

8

9

8

4

28

31

31

27

24

40

39

15

8

9

8

4

30

41

32

27

20

43

42

16

8

10

7

4

28

35

34

26

22

46

Total

259

276

282

79

180

83

193

87

191

Table 11: Primary School Enrollment by Gender by Grade - 1995-96

Grade

Male

%

Female

%

Total

Infant 1

4,263

52

3,981

48

8,244

Infant 2

3,669

51

3,524

49

7,193

Std. 1

3,558

52

3,305

48

6,863

Std. 2

3,484

52

3,187

48

6,671

Std. 3

3,131

52

2,909

48

6,040

Std. 4

3,128

52

2,910

48

6,038

Std. 5

2,720

51

2,562

49

5,282

Std. 6

2,451

50

2,474

50

4,925

Total

26,404

52

24,852

48

51,256

Source: Final Report on Gender Study for EDC, 1996-97

Clearly, there has been a good deal of success in enrolling children in schools. However, for a number of reasons it will be difficult to achieve a 100% enrolment of the 5 to 14 year olds in school. One reason is the continuing growth of the school age population vis a vis the country's ability to provide school places. Another reason is the lack of participation by many children. A third related reason is that of the incidence of repetition and drop out.

At least two studies have been completed during recent years on the matter of repetition and drop out and results of these studies indicate that these two related issues are significant contributors to the problem of unsatisfactory participation in primary schooling.

The report on INVESTIGATION INTO HIGH RATES OF REPETITION AND DROPOUT IN BELIZE by Allyson Hamel-Smith (1995) contains comments relating to what are considered key issues on the subject:


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