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Title:Why Children Aren't Attending School: The Case of Northwestern Tanzania
Authors:Burke, Kathleen
Beegle, Kathleen
Year:2004
Periodical:Journal of African Economies
Volume:13
Issue:2
Period:June
Pages:333-355
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:educational policy
primary education
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Labor and Employment
Link:http://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/13/2/333.full.pdf
Abstract:Policies designed to increase education in low-income settings require an understanding of why children do not attend school. Drawing on longitudinal data of primary-school-age children in Tanzania - the 1991-1994 Kagera Health and Development Survey (KHDS) -, the present analysis evaluates the role of various dimensions in determining children's school attendance. The results indicate that policies directed towards increasing a child's attendance need to be focused on the demand for schooling within the context of the household. Policies that affect demand for child labour within the household, especially those that promote substitutes for child labour, should be considered. Furthermore, programmes aimed at secondary schools (including improving access) can have an indirect effect on hours of primary-school attendance, particularly for girls. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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