6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are

The little mathematicians of Mkhitar Sebastatsi college

Target 3: Ensure that, by 2015, Every Child will be Able to Complete a Full Course of High Quality Secondary Schooling

Achievement status:
According to the National Statistical Service (NSS), the illiterate population and people with complete or incomplete elementary/primary education comprise just 3.1% of the population. Additionally, about 30% of the population aged 10 and over in Armenia has some degree of tertiary/professional education or some specialization. The adult and youth literacy rates in the country comprise about 99% and there are no significant gender disparities in this regard.

The proportion of pupils starting grade one who reach grade four was estimated at 99% on average for the period from 2004 to 2006; thus the dropout ratio after the completion of primary education (or pupils not surviving up to the fourth grade) is very low – about 1%.

The gross enrolment in the basic education (I-VIII grades of secondary school) comprised 95.9% in 2006, and was quite homogeneous in terms of regional, gender and poverty groups.

Despite strong national support and recent positive trends, the fiscal tension and main challenges of the post-crisis period make this MDG Goal difficult to achieve.

Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men