The Republic of Congo intends to use education as a key lever for development to ensure its economy is well integrated in the global economy. Education is seen as a way to produce a well-trained and qualified workforce.
Some of the challenges that the country faces in the education sector are the under-development of pre-primary opportunities, as well as high repetition rates and large numbers of students per class in primary schools. Moreover, the quality of primary education is inadequate.
Only 60% of children attend secondary school, and higher or vocational education need to be enhanced to better respond to market needs. Moreover, large inequalities remain based on geographical location or ethnicity.
The education sector strategy 2015-2025 was developed with the full participation of key stakeholders under the leadership of the 3 ministries in charge of education. The three main axes of the strategy and related objectives are:
- To give all children a 10-year basic education
- To ensure adequacy between education and the economy's need
- To enhance the management of the education sector.
The country intends to increase its funding to education up to 20% of the country’s budget for recurrent expenditures, provided the country’s oil revenues continue to grow.