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Secondary School Enrolment Dropout Rates for Girls and its Effects on Women’s Contribution to Household Income: A Case Study of Kellem Secondary and Preparatory School, and Microfinance Women Groups of Catholic Church Integrated Food Security Project in Dembidollo and Sayo Woreda, Kellem Wollega Zone of Oromia Region, Ethiopia

This research sought to find out whether secondary school enrollment dropout rates for girls adversely affect women’s contribution to household income to get out of poverty, or of successful secondary school enrollment helps women increase household income to overcome household poverty.

This research has found out that demand/supply factors are the main causes for girls’ secondary school dropout in Ethiopia. From the demand side, social and cultural, economic and familial factors hamper parents to send children, especially girls, to school and keep them there. From the supply side, political and institutional, and infrastructural and contextual factors are adversely affecting girls’ education, particularly at secondary level. For instance, the government’s primary focus on primary education and accessibility rather than retention and completion has adversely affected girls’ secondary school enrolment in KSPS.

Nevertheless, socioeconomic returns to girls’ secondary education are found to be indispensable in increasing household income. Upper secondary school enrolled women are more likely to get employment opportunities, have less children, and educate their children compared to less educated women in Sayo Woreda. In addition, they have increased decision making power on household resources.

 

Solomon Berhanu Gobena 2011

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