The completion of senior high school (SHS) is important for the formation of youth aspirations with regard to professional employment. Currently, youth who drop out take up jobs in the informal sector, while successful students are able to gain access to professions. While private schooling seems to be a stepping stone to professional employment there is a strong gendering of subject choices at SHS level that gives girls less opportunities in the job market. One solution appears to lie in provide new areas of professional jobs such as in sport or entertainment industries at the top end, and to improve and regularise informal sector training at the bottom end.
Policy Brief No. 16, October 2010, Centre for Commonwealth Education, University of Cambridge, UK, 4 pp.