In the education sector, although there is continued progress in primary education in terms of supply, demand and quality of education; post-primary education (equivalent to the school cycle of 4-years for children aged 12 to 16) is experiencing very slow progress.
The main obstacles to the development of post-primary education in Burkina Faso are:
- Inadequate school infrastructure, particularly in rural areas;
- Lack of guarantee and security of housing for girls;
- The cost of education considered to be high for the majority of the population;
- The relevance of the education provided, considered inappropriate to the needs and aspirations of the populations.
Due to these obstacles, disparities, particularly in college education, widen between regions and between girls and boys.
They also add to the gap between supply and demand for education. Efforts are being made to eradicate such disparities, but the pace of development seems slow.