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 primary school enrollment rate exceeded 83% in 2015 against 44% in 2001.
However, progress at the post-primary level (equivalent to secondary school for children aged 12 to 16) is much slower. Not only are there significant disparities between urban and rural areas, but also a low rate of girl/boy parity.
In addition, very few girls manage to complete their cycle: in 2014, out of 100 girls who entered 6th grade, only 22 were able to complete the post-primary cycle. This finding is mainly due to the relatively high cost of education, gender-based violence faced by girls and the country's cultural habits that lead to young girls dropping out of school, especially in rural areas.