National Panel Survey 2008-2009


Goal 4: Adequate social protection and rights of the vulnerable and needy groups with basic needs and services Proportion of children with disability attending primary school

Disability rates in the NPS are calculated on the basis of the response to the single, straightforward questions “Are you physically handicapped?” On this basis, 3.34% of Tanzanians are classified as handicapped.

Figure 8 shows a breakdown of the type of disability among this slice of the population classified as disabled, with blindness and partial paralysis as the largest categories. Among children in the age-range used to calculate net enrolment rates for primary schooling, i.e., 7 to 13 years old, the disability rate 1.40% by this definition. This provides a quite small sub-sample o f disabled children in the NPS sample with which to calculate enrolment rates, of just 48 children. Table 29 presents the results from this small-sample calculation, showing that just 57.6% of disabled children of primary school age are enrolled, as compared with

82.3% of Tanzanian children who are not reported as disabled. While the sample size demands caution in the interpretation of these results, this disparity suggests a potentially serious gap in access to education

Net primary school enrolment rate among disabled


  % Enrolled
Total    81.8
With disability  57.6
Without disability  82.3