Peer Review in Education in Africa - Gabon: Gabon: For a quality education accessible to all

The Gabonese educational system is a real paradox. On the one hand, it appears to be one of the most efficient systems in Central Africa. On the other, several studies have indicated that there is an excessive concentration of students within the two main cities, which leads to class overloads. Rates of repeat cases and dropouts at the primary level are also unusually high. Classrooms are overpopulated in both primary and secondary schools. In addition, there are difficulties in making the transition from one level to another, particularly between secondary and tertiary education.

Two teams of ADEA and Gabonese peers were assigned to work on this paradoxical situation. After a thorough diagnosis, they have assessed the efficiency and effectiveness of the Gabonese educational system. From the findings of the review, they have recommended a few policy options to explore in order to face the identified challenges. The present report gives an account of the process they went through and the conclusion reached.