ducation has been one of the major strategies for promoting socio-economic development in Lesotho since independence. As a result the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho has prioritised education as one of its major poverty eradication tools. To this end the goal of the Ministry of Education and Training has been to ensure accessibility, quality, equity and relevance in the education sector.

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As a key sector that leads to a more employable and productive workforce able to compete locally and regionally, the education sector receives a significant share of recurrent expenditure proposals.

A renewed strategic plan has focused on consolidating areas in the education sector that require refinement, allowing for growth in student numbers for further education, as well as a reduction in pupil/teacher ratios.

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Through the provision of quality primary education, Lesotho is intent on improving the low level of skills of persons entering the workforce each year. The current primary school curriculum is being revised and reviewed and practical orientation in the teaching of core subjects is encouraged.

Education is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 13, with fee elimination to be implemented in phases, starting with Standard One at the beginning of school terms in 2000.

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