Education in Guyana

In the last decade, Guyana has made important progress in improving access to education at all levels, by increasing the number of trained teachers, providing more access to interactive technology, in particular computers, and upgrading physical facilities.

Despite this progress, Guyana’s education system is still recovering from years of underinvestment and faces many challenges, including quality and equity of early childhood education services, teaching quality, and accessing reliable education data.

From 2006 to 2012, public sector allocations to education averaged 3.8% of GDP.

Blogs and news

Students solving a task. Pong Tamale Experimental Primary School, Ghana. Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer
January 24, 2019
On the first International Day of Education, let’s review the key role that education plays in promoting peace, development and growth, and examine the elements that make up a great education.
A young boy in class at the Precious Gems Nursery. Guyana, September 2018. Credit: GPE/Carolina Valenzuela
December 03, 2018
In this op-ed, GPE CEO, Alice Albright emphasizes that the overall funding to support early childhood care and education is still very low, despite the evidence that early learning better prepares...
A young girl in class at the Beach View Nursery school. Guyana. Credit: GPE/Carolina Valenzuela
November 05, 2018
With GPE’s support, children in disadvantaged areas of Guyana are building the foundation for better learning.

Latest grant

Development objective: Improve emergent literacy and numeracy outcomes for children at the nursery level and primary grade one in hinterland regions and targeted remote riverine areas.
Grant agent:IBRD

Given that Guyana has made great progress on the goal of universal primary education and remains committed to achieving universal secondary education by 2020, the country’s focus has shifted to strengthening the foundation for learning through investments in early childhood education.

The overall objective of the project funded by the US$1.7 million GPE grant is to improve emergent literacy and numeracy outcomes for children at the nursery level and primary grade 1 in hinterland regions and targeted remote riverine areas.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2015-2018 1,698,273 1,698,273 IBRD Progress report
2004-2012 32,919,857 32,919,857 IBRD Completion report
Sector plan development 2013 250,000 227,695 IBRD
Program development 2013 200,000 198,677 IBRD
  TOTAL 35,068,130 35,044,502    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Guyana. 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 September 26, 2018