6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are?

Sri Lanka’s success in providing near-universal access to primary education is well-known internationally. It has almost achieved the universal primary education target with net enrolment rate reaching 97.5 percent in 2006 for both males and females, and at this rate is likely to achieve the MDG target well before 2015.  Sri Lanka is well on track in achieving universal primary education.

What is now important is to focus on improving the quality of education and improving education outcomes, particularly in the remote areas and in the districts in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

0.61 years
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men