Khin Thida Nyein; Thida Htay; May Zin Oo; Khin Mar Cho

Department of Economics, Yangon University of Economics

The gender gap in educational attainment

Education is very important for all people. Accordingly, there should be no difference in the educational attainment of
boys and girls. And yet, girls in some countries are still denied educational attainment. “Despite progress, as many as 48.1 per cent of girls remain out of school in some regions. Gender gaps in primary and secondary enrolment rates have nearly
closed, on average. Yet 15 million girls are not in primary school right now, compared to 10 million boys. In adolescence, higher numbers of girls often drop out of secondary school for reasons including early pregnancy and the expectation that they should contribute to household work.” (UN Women, SDG 4).

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