The Government of Kyrgyz Republic has made considerable progress in addressing the challenge of out-of-school children. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics the number of out of school children has decreased almost 5% between 2009 and 2010. This is the beginning of a positive trend.
In Tajikistan, compulsory education (primary and lower-secondary) is guaranteed for all children, free of charge, under Article 41 of Tajikistan’s Constitution. Basic education starts at age seven years and lasts nine years: four years of primary and five years of lower secondary. There are two years of upper secondary education. Together, grades 1-11 are referred to as general secondary education.
Turkmenistan boasts high national education enrolment and literacy rates and within the framework of the MDGs and Education for All (EFA) goals Turkmenistan performs reasonably well. A notable exception is the quality of education, which the Government of Turkmenistan is addressing as one of its highest priorities.