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.
BARRIERS AND BOTTLENECKS
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.