Education in Cameroon

The primary objective of the current plan, “Document de Stratégie du Secteur de l’Education et de la Formation 2013-2020” is the achievement of quality universal primary education. This objective aligns with the national strategy for growth and employment goal of providing the production system with human capital capable of supporting economic growth.

The document identifies the major challenges facing education in Cameroon as poor quality, weak governance and accountability across the system leading to the inequitable and inefficient distribution of resources, and persistent disparities related to gender, region of residence and income.

Blogs and news

Primary school in Cameroon. Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer
April 22, 2019
Cameroon will receive US$7.8 million in emergency funding to support the education of 36,500 children displaced by conflict and violence in neighboring countries.
A primary school in Cameroon. Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer
October 17, 2018
The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat approved US$500,000 for Cameroon to develop a new education sector plan.
Primary School in Cameroon. Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer
December 13, 2017
The PAEQUE (Equity and Quality for Improved Learning) program, supported by a GPE grant has achieved promising results in improving the quality of education and promoting equity in Cameroon.

Latest grant

Students lifting their slates during a lesson in a school in Cameroon.

CREDIT: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer
Development objective: Improve the equity and quality of primary education service delivery in Cameroon with an emphasis on disadvantaged areas.
Grant agent:IBRD

Cameroon received a GPE grant of US$47.1 million for 2007-2008 to support the government’s Contract Teacher Program which hired and contracted over 37,000 teachers.

The second grant of US$53.3 million, covering the years 2014-2018, supports a program to improve primary education service delivery, in particular the early grades, with a focus on supporting the disadvantaged areas and improving girls’ attendance. The program also aims to limit the risks of poor management, weak participation, and lack of transparency/accountability in the conversion of parents’ teachers to contract teachers and in the distribution of teaching and learning materials, and to better monitor service delivery.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2014-2019 53,300,000 38,040,610 IBRD Progress report
2007-2011 47,064,100 47,064,100 IBRD  
Sector plan development 2018 500,000 IBRD  
2012 200,000 199,424 IBRD  
Program development 2012 190,650 190,395 IBRD  
  TOTAL 101,254,750 85,494,529    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Cameroon. Download this PDF to view the country’s progress on 16 results framework indicators monitored by the GPE Secretariat.


Primary completion rate (%)

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained (%)

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated April 04, 2019