Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
Guyana has made excellent progress towards achieving universal primary education. The country is on track to meet the education target, ensuring that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. More concretely:
The net primary school enrollment rate has consistently been above 95 percent since 2000 according to survey data and all indications are that access to education is virtually universal. The survival rate, or proportion of students entering Grade 1 who reach Grade 6 of primary schooling, has consistently been above 90 percent from 2006-2009. Government policies on primary education are focused on improving access for students in hinterland regions as well as improving the inclusiveness of education with regard to students with learning disabilities.
In addition to access to and completion of primary schooling, Government is committed to the improvement of the quality of education offered. To this end, the Government has identified two key priorities: improving the training and availability of qualified teachers and increasing the attendance rates of both students and teachers.
The table below shows the targets and indicators for Goal 2.
Table 1: MDG targets and indicators
| Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
|Targets||Indicators for monitoring progress|
|Target 2.A: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling||
2.1 Net enrollment ratio in primary education