According to APDH, the enrolment rate is quite low in rural areas and those controlled by the Forces nouvelles (FN) due to wide-scale underreporting of births.


CEPU-CI reported that according to PNUD, the pre-crisis gross enrolment rate was 75%, which slipped to 46% in 2008.

Among the many reasons for this situation, EIP-CI cited massive population displacement, a lack of schools in certain areas at the onset of the crisis and a deterioration in school infrastructures.

Furthermore, EIP-CI and FI have cited disparities between the country’s regions.

According to CEPU-CI, many school-aged children are not educated, whereas others are withdrawn from the system before the age of 15, either to work in the fields or force young girls into a pre-mature marriage.

EIP-CI reported that there are no legal measures requiring parents to send their children to school.

FI cited a high drop-out rate, which is more prominent among female rather than male students.

DEI-CI noted that female and handicapped students experience difficulties in access to education in spite of the law that incorporated non-discrimination and the idea of an “ inclusive school system.”