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Benjamin Sylla

Teenage, Married, and Out of School: Effects of early marriage and childbirth on school dropout

Type: Research
Year of Publishing: 2014
Keywords: Early marriage, attendance, DHS, household survey, teen pregnancy, Southern and Eastern Africa
Over the past decade, as Sub-Saharan Africa saw the expansion of universal primary enrollment policies, gender balance in primary school participation improved considerably, with girls now attending school almost at the same rate as boys. Gains in primary school, however, have not carried over to secondary: for every 100 boys, only 82 girls of secondary school age are enrolled across the region, up from 80 in the year 2000.