Since 2000, Morocco has made significant progress at every level of education. Lower-secondary exclusion rates have tumbled and primary rates are approaching zero. Even at the pre-primary level, the percentage of out of school children has dropped by around a quarter.
At present, some 220,0005-year-oldswho should be in pre-primary are out of school (26%), along with nearly 83,000 primary school aged children (2%)and over 255,000 lower secondary school aged children (16%).
At particular risk of being excluded from school are: children with disabilities, poor children, children from rural areas and girls.
Poverty, including children who are forced to work.
Poor school infrastructure and environment, including a lack of schools and well-qualified teachers in rural areas, and widespread corporal punishment.
Low quality of education, leading to poor results in basic skills.
POLICIES AND STRATEGIES
The Tayssir programme allocates money to families if children attend school, benefitting more than 1 million students.
Decentralization and improved management systems have led to more accountability and clearer results, but programmes are still executed too slowly and data are still not sufficient.
Infrastructure is being improved at more than 30% of schools, particularly in rural areas.
Monitoring cells provide individualized learning support.
REPORT AND FACT SHEETS
Data and charts
Classification of the out-of-school population (Dimensions 2 and 3) by school exposure
Out-of-school children by background characteristics (Dimensions 2 and 3)
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics country profile
- TIMSS 2011 profile
- World Bank Morocco overview
- UNESCO IIEP Pôle de Dakar country profile
- UNICEF Morocco: Case Study on inclusive education development
- UNICEF Morocco: Lutte contre le décrochage scolaire et le redoublement (French) (Arabic)
- World Bank SABER Country Report on workforce development
Stories & News
For five days now, we’ve been in Marrakech making a movie to raise awareness about children who don’t go to school. We have a small team of UNICEF and NGO staff and are working with an independent film company and with children who spend their days, not in class, but on the streets.Read more >