The last decade has seen some progress. Pre-primary out-of-school rates have decreased, although they remain high, and primary rates have fallen to nearly zero. However, there has been no improvement at the lower secondary level.
In total, 119,022 children are out of school (7%), including 54,6095-year-oldswho should be in pre-primary (30.3%), 15,033 primary school aged children (1.5%)and 49,380 lower secondary school aged children (10%).
At particular risk of being excluded from school are: poor children, children in rural areas, disabled children and children whose mothers have little or no education.
Poverty, especially when children are forced to work.
Poor school conditions, including lack of access to drinking water, internet and paved roads.
Languages of instruction in math and science differ between school levels, causing difficulty in learning.
Low quality of education, which means children can finish six years of basic education without acquiring basic skills.
POLICIES AND STRATEGIES
A 2002 law has made one year of pre-primary universal and introduced support programmes for children with difficulties at school.
The Ministry of Women’s Affairs partners with a local NGO to provide school buses for children.
Multiple national programmes like PASS, PEP and ISEH are helping students stay in school and succeed.
- Inject massive investment into pre-school education to create infrastructure, standardize programmes, train educators and make places free and accessible to all.
- Improve quality at all levels through multiple interventions including teacher training, improved facilities, standardized programmes, better grading systems, increased support for weaker and disabled students and provision of better transport and school food options.
- Refocus on technical and vocational education.
- Improve governance though greater decentralization, increased collaboration among stakeholders and more effective collection and use of data.
REPORTS & FACT SHEETS
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics country profile
- TIMSS 2011 profile
- World Bank Tunisia overview
- UNESCO IIEP Pôle de Dakar country profile
- World Bank SABER Country Report on teachers
- World Bank SABER Country Report on workforce development
Stories & News
In the wake of the democratic transition and upcoming reforms, Tunisia is becoming increasingly aware of the rights of children with disabilities and the importance of including them in every aspect of society. However, policy makers do not yet have at their disposal enough data on the situation of these children, which would allow them to build effective policies for their inclusion.Read more >
Tunis, 17 April, 2015 - The Ministry of Education and UNICEF Tunisia launched their country report on out-of-school children at a conference attended by over 150 participants. The report is part of the global Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI)...Read more >