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ERIC Number: EJ1102913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1745-4999
Barriers to School Attendance and Gender Inequality: Empirical Evidence from a Sample of Ghanaian Schoolchildren
Wolf, Sharon; McCoy, Dana C.; Godfrey, Erin B.
Research in Comparative and International Education, v11 n2 p178-193 Jun 2016
Governments in sub-Saharan Africa have made marked efforts to increase school enrollment. Yet attendance and completion rates remain low, particularly for girls. This study examines the reasons that school children do not attend school in a sample of Ghanaian students. Girls were more likely to miss school because a family member was sick, whereas boys were more likely to miss school due to work. Caregivers' inability to pay school fees and belief that it is better to educate boys than girls were related to lower school attendance for girls but not for boys. Implications of the findings to inform efforts to improve educational access for all children are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ghana
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305B080019