Education in Comoros
The education sector in Comoros is beset by the difficulties resulting from the incomplete process of decentralization begun in 2011. Persistent shortcomings may still be observed in the coordination, implementation and monitoring of national policies on education. These failures are attributable to the lack of clarity in defining and assigning the roles and responsibilities of each entity at the central level of the islands, as well as at the local level.
The Government of the Union of Comoros has developed a Transitional Education Sector Plan (TEP) for the years 2017/18 to 2019/20. The plan was validated by the Council of Ministers and endorsed by development partners, members of the local education group, in October 2017.
The TEP covers the entire sector. It proposes key strategies for developing the governance and management of the sector, as well as for improving system access and equity, quality and relevance. The plan has been developed on the basis of data from the CSR conducted in 2012, as well as from annual school data for the period 2013-2015 and from an institutional and performance analysis of the system conducted in 2016 with support from the Dakar Pole (UNESCO-IIPE).
It is accompanied by a budgeted triennial action plan for the period 2018-2020 that was developed from a 2016-2026 simulation model and is aligned with a medium-term expenditure framework developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance. It is also accompanied by a 2018-2020 policy letter and a macrofinancial framework note.
In Comoros, the local education group has been in place for several years and is co-chaired by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and the coordinating agency (Embassy of France since June 2016). It meets each month and brings together representatives of the national authorities, from both central government and the islands, as well as the principal international and national partners (UNICEF, European Union, Maeecha (local NGO), AFD, World Bank, Teachers Union).