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Gender Gap: Unlike the rest of the world, there is a ‘reverse’ gender gap in the region with girls outperforming boys in grade 4 math results, a trend that generally continues into grade 8.
In a region not known for gender equity, these statistics raise a number of interesting questions that merit further exploration..
CHALLENGES These impressive achievements are marred by an uncomfortable fact: for too many students across the region, schooling has not been synonymous with learning.
" ‘On school trips, there must be one teacher for every 12 students.Access: Enrolment in the region’s school systems has increased significantly over the past decade to the point where universal primary education has been achieved for girls and boys in most of the MENA countries.Net enrolment ratios (NER) rose from 86 to 94 percent between 20.If there are 108 students, how many teachers should be present?’ More than half of all grade 8 (13 year old) students in the region could not answer this question.
Interestingly, over one third of students were willing to pay for their education if it were to lead to better job prospects.