Education in Kyrgyz Republic

The Education Development Strategy 2020 (EDS 2012-2020) of the Kyrgyz Republic was officially approved in 2012. It included a costed Action Plan for the period 2012-14. The EDS was aligned to education Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and based on extensive analytical work and widespread consultations with stakeholders. It was formally appraised using GPE guidelines, and endorsed by development partners in 2013.

The Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) of the Kyrgyz Republic is beginning the process of updating the EDS, aligning to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and projecting a longer-term vision beyond the EDs 2020. As the EDS is half-way through implementation, the revision will provide a change to review how it is working, incorporate lessons learned, and take account of changes in the political-economic environment.

There has been considerable progress and experience since 2012 in terms of expanding pre-primary coverage, with nearly all pre-primary children benefiting from at least one year of pre-primary schooling. Competency-based curricula have been introduced at the primary level, with revisions for the secondary level nearing completion. Management of the education budget including funds flow has been moved from the Ministry of Finance (MinFin) to the MoES, which has decentralized significant budgetary responsibilities to the rayon level. Per-capita financing to determine school-level budgets has been rolled out nationally. The revision process will allow the ministry to assess progress, fine-tune strategies, address the gaps and align the steps to achieve the goals set for 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Preschool students in Kyrgyz Republic. Credit: World Bank
January 25, 2018
In December 2017, the Global Partnership for Education Secretariat approved a US$250,000 grant for the Kyrgyz Republic to prepare a new education program.
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Latest grant

Children in class at a preschool preparation program. Kyrgyz Republic, March 2018.

CREDIT: Ministry of Education, Kyrgyz Republic
Development objective: Increase equitable access to pre-school education, and to establish conditions for improving its quality
Grant agent:IBRD

The latest GPE grant of US$12.7 million is primarily focused on supporting the preschool objective of the 2012-2020 Education Development Strategy.

The three components supported by the grant are:

  • Expanding quality pre-primary education through the expansion of community based kindergarten, the full year school preparation program, and the provision of inclusive education.
  • Improving policy, programs, and system effectiveness through implementing the Early Learning Standards, enhancing the measurement of children’s development, and supporting study visits and training related to early childhood development.
  • Providing technical and financial assistance for communication and advocacy, stakeholder monitoring, and implementation support.

The ministry of education and science leads the program in partnership with the World Bank as the grant agent and UNICEF as the coordinating agency.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2014-2018 12,700,000 12,579,478 IBRD Completion report
2011-2012 5,908,730 5,908,730 IBRD Completion report
2007-2010 8,990,278 8,990,278 IBRD  
Sector plan development 2017 500,000 113,735 IBRD  
Program development 2017 250,000 - IBRD  
2013 200,000 192,023 IBRD  
  TOTAL 28,549,008 27,784,244    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Kyrgyz Republic. 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 November 18, 2018