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Education Sector Overview

Education Sector

Sustainable development concept is always at the forefront of the international community interests, and since human being has always occupied the first priority among the sustainable development factors, international world gave more importance to paying strong attention to develop the mental abilities and learning opportunities for the human beings making education is a human right for each individual in the society guaranteed by all international laws. The education standards in any country are seen as a measure for its advancement and development and in Iraq; laws guarantee the opportunity of obtaining good education for all Iraqis.

Education is still one of the greatest concerns of countries and despite the big progress in the primary education and the increase in the numbers of pupils joining schools and anti- illiteracy movements, big efforts are still being made increasingly to improve education quality by the government and it is still a big challenge for the developing countries including Iraq to keep pace with the intellectual advancement and skill development starting from kindergartens to high school levels.

Iraq is one of the most important countries that gave special attention to education system since the mid twentieth century, as it owns many reliable universities which are listed among the best ones in the Arab region. Iraqi universities were established in the beginning of the second half of the twentieth century starting with Baghdad University in 1957, Mustansyriah University 1963, whereas other universities were established after 1980 like University of Technology, Basra University, Mosul University, Sulaimanyah University in addition to a number of technical institutes. Iraq is in need for many educational institutions to meet the increasing demand as a result of population growth, the reality that provides investors with great opportunities to invest in this sector.


Education Indicators

1- Kindergartens

There are (648) kindergartens in Iraq for the school year 2010-2011 after they were (631) for the previous year with growth rate of (2.7%). Number of children available in the mentioned kindergartens is (141158) for the year 2010-1011 against (125391) for the year 2009-2010 which refers to increase rate of (12.6%) in the number of children while the growth rate of the number of kindergartens teachers is (2.3%) for the years 2009-2011. The following table shows indicators


A table that shows development in kindergartens for the
year 2010-2011

No. of Teachers No. of children in each kindergarten No. of Children No. of Kindergartens School year
5353 242 125391 631 2009- 2010
5475 218 141158 648 2010- 2011
2.3% 10% 12.6% 2.7% Change rate for the years 2009-2011

2- Primary Education

Through analyzing the most recent data for the year 2011 announced by the central organization for statistics and information technology regarding the educational surveys we can find the following:

  • Number of (morning and evening) primary schools in Iraq is (14048) for the school year 2010-2011, (26.4%) are for boys and (22.4%) for girls while (51.2%) are mixed schools. By comparing these statistics with those of the previous year we can find an increase rate of (2.6%) in number of schools.
  • Number of the available pupils in (morning and evening) primary schools is (4,864,096) for the school year 2010-2011 where the girls’ rate is (45.6%) and boys is (54.4%). Also when comparing the number of pupils with those of the previous year we can find an increase rate of (4.1%).

3- Secondary Education

Number of (morning and evening) secondary schools in Iraq is (5472) for the school year 2010-2011, (2610) of which are intermediate schools and (866) preparatory ones while there are (1996) full secondary schools. Boys’ schools form a rate of (43.8%), girls’ schools form (34%) and mixed schools form (22.2%) of the total number of secondary schools.

The number of schools increased in the year 2010-2011 compared to previous year at a rate of (5.6%), whereas the number of students of the secondary education schools are estimated by (1,953,766) for the school year 2010-2011.

4- Vocational Education

Despite the significance of this educational branch, feeble attention has been forwarded to it comparing with other countries. The vocational schools in Iraq are divided into 4 sections (agricultural, industrial, commercial and fine arts and the number of these schools in Iraq is (294) for the school year 2010-2011, (67%) of which are industrial, (29%) commercial, (2%) agricultural and (2%) are for fine arts.

5- University Education (governmental, private and technical)

Surveys results have shown that the number of students admitted to Iraqi universities, private colleges and technical educational institutions reached (157,560) students for the year 2009-2010 while their number for the year 2010-2011 was (476,377) students.

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