Burundi’s education sector is improving steadily over the recent past because of the support from both the public and private sectors. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) granted 52.9 million dollar to Burundi for a three-year period (2013-2015) to support the ambitious objectives that the country has set for itself for education and training to guarantee access to quality education for all Burundi children.
Characteristics of the sector
• The Government of Burundi has made education a priority, resulting in a considerable mobilization of national resources for the sector.
• Education has 29.3 % of current government expenditure
• The private sector participation is encouraged in the education sector
• Enrolment in the education sector tends to be driven by students quest for good, affordable and competitive schools in the region
The system of education in Burundi has a structure of 6 years of primary education, 7 years of secondary education which is divided into 4 years of lower secondary and 3 years of upper secondary school and 3 to 5 years of post-secondary education.
The Government adopted the following educational objectives for 2015:
• To achieve the universal completion of the primary cycle in 2015
• To manage in a controlled manner the fluxes of pupils beyond the primary level
• To improve the quality and the relevance of public education
• To guarantee an equitable education system
• To assure better efficiency in the use of resources
• Develop and promote competitiveness.
• Develop and promote self confidence, open mindedness and mutual acceptability within partner states.
• Reinforce the teaching of SMT (science, mathematics and technology)
• Reinforce the quality and accuracy of the teaching/ curricula.
• Empower teachers/ ongoing teacher training.
• Introduce ICT (Information, communication and Technology)
• Training of HIV/AIDS.
Challenges in the Education sector
The challenges facing the education sector include the following:
• Weak institutional alignment
• Inadequate qualified teachers
• Inadequate budgetary resources
• Capacity gap in Education sector
• Inadequate infrastructure
• Inadequate sports facilities