Further to that, rural or urban infrastructure, the commitment levels of teachers, and the nature or extent of corruption in the community can affect how a female student will perform in school.
In general, the past many years of conflict and political unrest in Afghanistan have damaged the country’s education system; eroding the quality of staffing and curriculum.
As a result, the unfavorable political economy has blocked policy reforms and their implementation, taking a toll on the quality of education services.
This has led to weakened governance.
Is education enrollment declining in Afghanistan?
Not according to our recent analysis – Afghanistan: promoting education during times of increased fragility.
with the most significant expansion at the primary level (showing growth by almost 10 percent every year).
Enrollment has expanded at a slower pace at the lower- and upper- secondary levels. .
Both Islamic schools and Technological and Vocational institutions (TVET) have increased their enrollments as well. Islamic schools have more than doubled their enrollment from 2011 to 2015 and since 2002, TVET enrollment has increased for both male and female students.
While these numbers are vastly improving, it is important to distinguish between students who are enrolled in class and students who attend class.
While , the average attendance ratio for primary education was only 57 percent and secondary education at 35 percent.
Who goes to school and who does not?
Factors that determine one’s access to schooling include the parents’ education and economic status, a child’s gender, and their location.
Children and youth from the lowest income status are nearly half as likely to attend school compared to children from higher income.
Gaps in access between male and female students arise in early grades and widen as students move up the educational levels. Even in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, gross enrollment among girls is significantly lower than boys.
As mentioned earlier, conflict and poverty are major sources of decline in girls’ access to education. Many parents also require their daughters to stay at home and work instead of attending school. . This is especially seen in the Kuchi’s (a group of Afghan nomads), where 85 percent of youth work.
Is there a solution?
. This trend, which is expected to continue into the foreseeable future, will ease pressure on the government to expand services, which may lead to a decline for the need of child labor.
. Conflict is a major reason for school absence or dropouts.
. Schools should be empowered to find ways to encourage parents, specifically of girls, to send their children to school. Finally, zeroing in on an equal distribution of resources would ensure that provinces with low levels of schooling receive enough teachers and school supplies.
. Empowering girls can play a key role in modernizing Afghanistan. Many volunteers who work in remote areas use their homes and any available resources to teach girls in their neighborhood and communities.
Moreover, all such reforms are being tackled in the forthcoming general education project called EQRA. , in selected lagging provinces, and to improve learning conditions in Afghanistan.