Applied Social Sciences Forum: Where to Now for Primary Education in Tunisia?

Applied Social Sciences Forum
February 2015

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This paper aims to shed light on the reality of primary education in post-revolutionary Tunisia at a time when much importance has been given to reforms in some sectors as a response to sectoral demands. Yet, in the meantime, decision makers are less concerned with the education sector, and mainly with primary education. Henceforth, this policy brief is an attempt to present a reform proposal that would improve the reality of primary education in Tunisia.

After independence, the Tunisian government has invested in education, which has been offered free of charge at all levels and for all school-aged learners. Tunisia has long followed international conventions; for instance, Article 28 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child indicates that the state’s duty is to ensure that primary education is free, and Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights highlights the fact that elementary education shall be free. In Tunisia, education is compulsory for children ages six to 16, as compared to the international system that limits compulsory education to primary school kids aged 6-12.

This interest in education is not without impetus, but rather bears witness to the state’s willingness to encourage and generalize education in all regions of Tunisia and for all socioeconomic levels. This reflects a strong belief that educational attainment guarantees social progress—a characteristic that has been quite noticeable in Tunisian society.

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