For the 2013-14 year, there are three classes and a total of 45 children:
Infants (age 6) - 13 pupils
Primary Grade 1 (age 7) - 16 pupils
Primary Grade 2 (age 8) - 16 pupils
The children move up each year, from Infants to Primary (Grades 1 to 4). We aim for class sizes that are a maximum of 16. Subject to adequate funding being secured, by 2015-16 the school should have 80 pupils aged 6 to 10 in five classes from Infants to Primary Grade 4.
In future, Kate may extend Empress Mentewab School to include Grades 5 to 12. However, she will make this decision in future.
In Dib Bahir there is a state-run primary school called Dib Bahir Elementary School. It has Grades 1 to 8, but no provision for Infants. Its Grade 1 year has two classes of 60 pupils. Over the years attendance drops off so that by Grade 5 there are fewer than 40 pupils in a class. The school has a morning and afernoon shift system so that pupils attend only for half-days. For Grades 9 to 12, teenagers from Dib Bahir have to travel to Debark. They generally spend Monday to Friday in Debark, staying with relatives, and return home at the weekends. They make the journey on foot or by bus.