How do out-of-school rates differ by gender across countries and levels of education in Sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence from MICS6

How do out-of-school rates differ by gender across countries and levels of education in Sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence from MICS6

In recent years, the progress made in reducing out-of-school (OOS) figures for children, adolescents and youth has stagnated. The latest fact sheet on OOS by UIS shows that 258.4 million children are out of school globally and children from Sub-Saharan Africa are the most excluded with about 31.2% of the global total. Within the Sub-Saharan Africa region, female OOS rate outweighs the males (52.0% vs 45.5%). By level of education, about a fifth and third of primary school and lower secondary age children are not in school respectively. Approximately, 58% of upper secondary school age youth are excluded from schooling in the African sub-region.
This blog is primarily concerned with gender dynamics in OOS rates across and within eight Sub-Saharan countries where MICS6 data are currently available. MICS6 includes additional modules on OOS which enables the monitoring of SDG 4.5.1.
Findings from MICS6
MICS6 data from the eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa show wide disparities in OOS rates across countries. While as high as 37% and 25% of children are out-of-school in Madagascar and The Gambia, about 9% and 11% OOS rates are estimated for Ghana and Lesotho, respectively. The data show that there are more out-of-school females than male in DR Congo and Togo while the reverse is the case for countries like Madagascar, The Gambia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

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