Education in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has been a GPE partner and member of the Asia and Pacific constituency since 2010. The country’s education plan, “Universal Basic Education Plan 2010-2019” is designed to achieve the following goal:

“All children of school age must enroll in school, complete nine years of basic education and should have learnt skills, knowledge and values covered in the basic education curriculum.”

The Plan aims to achieve the following results/outcomes:

  • Improving access.
  • Enhancing retention.
  • Improving the quality of education.
  • Enhancing management of basic education.
  • Enhancing equity.

Since 2012, the government abolished tuition fees for all schooling systems from elementary to high schools to replace parental contributions. Government subsidies were also made available, for the first time, for distribution of supplementary reading materials to schools at the beginning of the school year.

Blogs and news

Papua New Guinea. Credit: GPE/Tara O'Connell
March 02, 2018
Alice Albright expresses condolences for the people of Papua New Guinea after the earthquake that struck the country earlier this week. The Global Partnership for Education stands ready to support...
Alice Albright, chief executive officer of the Global Partnership for Education during her interview with Sky News Australia. Credit: GPE/April Golden
August 16, 2017
Earlier this month, GPE CEO Alice Albright visited Japan and Australia to meet with partners and discuss how best to collaborate in the context of the upcoming GPE replenishment.

Latest grant

Development objective: Improve the reading skills of elementary and primary education students
Grant agent:IBRD

The Global Partnership for Education supported Papua New Guinea with a US$19.2 million education grant, specifically addressing quality of learning.

The READ PNG program, funded by the GPE grant and implemented by the Papua New Guinea Department of Education with the World Bank as grant agent, was an innovative program founded on the principle that reading is the fundamental skill all children must acquire to promote learning.

Implementation of the program began in March 2011 and was complete in December 2015.

The project objective was to promote better teaching and learning of reading skills in elementary and primary education.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2011-2015 19,200,000 19,200,000 IBRD Completion report
  TOTAL 19,200,000 19,200,000    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Papua New Guinea. For detailed results from GPE funding, please look for progress reports in the Grants section.


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 (%)

Public expenditure on education as a share of public expenditure (%)

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 02, 2018