Congo: About 73% of girls complete primary education in urban areas

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – About 73% of girls complete their primary education in urban areas in Congo, says a report by the World Bank on gender equality in education and employment in Congo made public on Wednesday in Brazzaville.

"The report analyses the gender differences in the education system and the job market and makes recommendations to correct those inequalities through appropriate policies," said Amadou Oumar Ba, the World bank representative in Congo.

"The completion rates remain generally low for the primary and secondary stage, with a dropout rate for girls higher than for boys," he added.

Ludovic Oniangué, chief of staff for the minister of Female Promotion and Women Integration in Development, said the report was made at an important moment because they would in three months launch the evaluation process of the national gender policy and its action plan for the establishment of a new approach on the gender issue.

"The study should therefore undertake a diagnosis of the present situation, outline the psychological and sociological obstacles, and identify the recurrent problems to propose alternatives for appropriate solutions to be used as recommendations," he said.

Marine Gassier, a World Bank expert on the gender issues, said that the objective of the survey was to outline a strategy document for growth, employment and poverty alleviation (2012-2016).
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