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SECONDARY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS TOO LOW IN MANY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Only 13 developing countries and territories have secondary school participation ratios of 90 per cent or more
Secondary school net enrolment/attendance ratio (2000–2006)

Secondary education

Secondary education

World Fit for Children goal: The progressive provision of secondary education

Secondary education is essential for individual children to achieve their full potential, and for nations to advance social and economic development. Yet, only 60 per cent of children of the appropriate age attend secondary school. In sub-Saharan Africa, that number drops to only a quarter; in this region, substantially more secondary-school-age children attend primary school than attend secondary school. The poorer a child’s household, the less likely the child is to attend secondary school.

MANY SECONDARY-SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN EITHER ATTEND PRIMARY SCHOOL OR ARE OUT OF SCHOOL

Percentage distribution of children of secondary school age by level of schooling, by region (2000–2006)

 

ONLY 60 PER CENT OF CHILDREN OF SECONDARY SCHOOL AGE ATTEND SECONDARY SCHOOL

In sub-Saharan Africa, less than 30 per cent attend
Secondary school net enrolment/attendance ratio, by region (2000–2006)

 

LOWEST LEVELS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE ARE IN POOREST HOUSEHOLDS AND RURAL AREAS

Secondary school net attendance ratio, by background characteristics (2000–2006)

 

Source for figures on this page: UNICEF global databases, 2007, and UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Global Education Digest 2007. Disparity analysis is based on household survey data (DHS and MICS) collected in 94 developing countries during 2000–2006.