The Ministry of Education (MOE) has disclosed that Rivercess County has the highest gender disparity in Early Childhood Education (ECE) enrollment in Liberia.
According to the report, 54 percent of the 9,641 students in early childhood education in Rivercess County are male despite all attempts to encourage girls to enroll and remain in the classroom.
The report also indicated that Nimba and Montserrado counties have the highest enrolment of early childhood education of over 40,000 each. However, the lowest ECE enrollment is found in the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) the report indicates.
Nationally, public schools carry the bulk of ECE students with nearly 215,000 enrollments while 36,000 are found in private schools in the country, according to the report which also shows that over 88 percent of ECE students are over-aged. More than 90 percent of the over-aged students were identified in Sinoe, Rivercess, Grand Kru and Bong Counties, while Grand Gedeh has the lowest percentage of over-aged students in the country.
The Education Ministry report also shows that there are more female than male students at the primary school level in Montserrado County.
Most of the female students are found in the Monrovia Consolidated School system (MCSS).
According to the report, there are 373,722 primary school students and 2,785 primary schools in Liberia, with persistent gender disparity, between 3,000 to 5,000 more males than females in each grade level.
The report pointed out that more than 65,000 primary school students are found in Nimba and Montserrado Counties each, while there is a total of 35,000 in the other counties.
The report also indicated that gender disparity of the students is present in counties such as Rivercess, Grand Kru, River Gee, Bong, Gbarpolu and Sinoe, where greater than 55%of primary school students are male.