While girls have equal access with boys to education they are disadvantaged in access to employment while the unemployment rates of female secondary school leavers are almost double those of male school leavers. The majority of these students are in disadvantaged rural locations, and others are in low income urban neighbourhoods, plantations and in areas affected by years of armed conflict in the north and east of the country.

These constraints are compounded by disparities in the quality of education facilities in the school system and the urban-rural divide and gender gap in access to skills in technology related fields. A weakness in the curriculum in most schools is the failure to achieve proficiency in English, to develop the generic skills that promote personality development and to promote awareness of women’s rights and the concept of gender equality.

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