A demographic survey conducted in 1976 estimated that 81 percent of thepopulation over six (71 percent male; 93 percent female) had never attendedschool. Attendance of school-age children declined markedly in the highergrades: primary 30 percent (51 percent male; 8.6 percent female); middle 12percent (21 percent male; 3.0 percent female); secondary 7 percent (12 percentmale; 2 percent female). Although low, this represented more than a two-foldincrease from the mid-1960s. Since the war, however, drop-out rates havecontinued to rise while school completion rates fall, especially among females.By 1990, even official figures record a substantial decline in primary schools:a drop of 84 percent in the number of boys schools; a 72 percent drop for girls.This reflected the physical destruction caused by the war, the refugee exodus,and the scarcity of teachers, a high proportion of whom, male and female,settled in third countries.
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