The education sector in Burkina Faso has made progress in recent years, especially at the primary level in terms of parity, supply, demand and quality of education provided. The gross primary school enrolment rate exceeded 83% in 2015 compared to 44% in 2001.
However, development of the post-primary level (equivalent to the 4-year college cycle for children aged 12 to 16) has been much slower. In addition to significant disparities between urban and rural areas, there is also a low gender parity rate.
In addition, very few girls manage to complete their cycle: in 2014, out only 22 of the 100 girls who entered the sixth grade were able to complete the post-primary cycle. This is mainly due to the relatively high cost of education, gender-based violence faced by girls and the country's cultural habits, which lead to girls dropping out of school, especially in rural areas.