Every child has the right to education. The quality of education is ultimately determined by the learning outcomes that students take from school and the competencies they will carry into their future life and labour market.
In Moldova, in spite of educational reforms implemented since its independence, there is a continuing decline in successful pass rates of the secondary general education exams. More than half of students are only partially competent in reading, mathematics, or science and are lagging far behind their peers in neighbouring countries.
While school attendance rates are high for both primary and secondary levels, rural children are more likely than others to be out of the classroom, especially at secondary school age. Roma children attendance rates are much lower at all educational levels. Some children never enrol at all, some enter school later than they should and some drop out.