MDG Goal 4. ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION
The Government of Lesotho is committed to the provision of basic and quality education to all its people. Though enrollment in primary schools had fallen since the mid-1980s, to 76 percent in 1990 and further to 51 percent in 1999, in 2000, the Government embarked on a programme of Free Primary Education (FPE), introduced gradually over a 7-year period, beginning with Standard 1. As a result, primary enrolment increased to 69 percent in 2000 and further increased to 85 percent in 2003. In support of the programme, 184 new schools have been constructed, while 1,105 new classrooms were installed. More than 1 million textbooks and other teaching materials were supplied to 1,300 schools.