Second chances for girls: the Zambian Re-entry into School Policy

Case Studies & Research
USAID/Time to Learn Project
15 p.

This case study of two government secondary schools presents evidence on the factors that support implementation of the 1997 Government of the Republic of Zambia Re-entry Policy. The study shows that a high percentage of girls reentering school after pregnancy at some Zambian secondary schools does not come about by chance, but that reentry can be stimulated through targeted interventions. If education policy makers, program implementers, and secondary schools widely implement measures like the ones outlined above, this could lead to a widespread improvement of girls’ reentry rates after pregnancy in Zambian secondary schools, as well as to improvements of their school experience after reentry. This would, in turn, contribute to the achievement of the objective of the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education to increase progression and completion rates for secondary education, especially for girls.

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