Dominican Republic

Education is a high priority for the Dominican Republic. The Government allocated 2.2% of national GDP for education in 2012; and in 2013, education made up around 19.51% of public expenditure and 4.09% of GDP. The 2014 budget in the education sector represents 4.32 % of GDP.

Thanks to the provision of free and compulsory primary education, the Government has also made great strides in increasing net enrolment rates across all levels of education.

Primary education net enrolment rates rose from 83% in 1999 to 89.1% in 2012, while secondary education net enrolment rates rose from 39% in 1999 to 62% in 2012. The completion rate for primary education also rose steadily, from 62% in 1994 to 73% in 2012.

The Dominican Republic has been successful in lessening the gender gap and maintaining this throughout primary and secondary levels of schooling. The primary education completion rate in 2012 was 91.4% for females and 89.2% for males. In 2012, the ratio of females to males in primary education level was 89:100, while in secondary education, it reached 109:100.

Committed to delivering quality education, the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic has been encouraging increased teacher training, resulting in a steady increase of well-trained teachers in the school system. As a result of these actions, the percentage of trained teachers rose from 75% in 1999 to 85% in 2012.

The increased numbers of children in school in the Dominican Republic in recent years is also due to the presence of local and international non-profit organizations working to give underprivileged children access to uniforms and other school supplies, such as books and pencils. This has enabled many Dominican Republic families, who would otherwise be unable to afford these necessities, to send their children to school.

Listen to the remarks made by H.E. Carlos Amarante Baret, Minister for Education, at the Global Education First Initiative's high-level event 'Quality Education for the World We Want'



Ministry of Education

Ministry of Higher Education

UNESCO. Dominican Republic Summary of Indicators 2012 ONE. population projections, 2014 Revision

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