Despite decades of peace and stability, the Zambian educational system is providing neither the access to nor the quality of education that its citizens demand. 

Public spending on education constitutes only 1.3% of GDP, compared to 3.5% on health, and 74.5% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day. While primary school enrollment is high, education quality is low, and literacy rates among young adults fall under regional averages (58.5% for females and 70.3% for males).  In 2010, among 15 African countries, Zambia’s students performed the lowest in math and the second lowest in reading.  


In Zambia, 90% of students are failing to meet desired standards in Math and 94% are failing to meet desired standards in English on the National Assessment Survey conducted at the grade 5 level.
— Based on results from the Examinations Council of Zambia