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What is the out of school rate for girls in Africa?

The out-of-school rate for girls in Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is a major concern. According to the World Bank the lower secondary completion rate for girls in sub-Saharan Africa is 43%. This rate drops further to just 25% at the upper secondary level of education. These figures highlight a significant drop in girls’ retention rates as they progress to higher levels of education​​.

However, it's important to note that these figures are regional averages and can vary widely within the continent, depending on the country and specific local context.

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