Lesotho: Gender bias against Boys

Boys…had less primary schooling than girls. Lower school enrollment for boys was characteristic of all income groups, religions and male headed and female headed households. The greatest gender disparity was found in mountain zones where herding was common; nearly 30 percent more girls than boys attended school, corroborating the linkage between livestock tending and school enrollment. But there were also significant disparities in school enrollment in urban areas. One explanation was that parents viewed working in South African mines as the most promising job prospect for men and so viewed boys’ education as irrelevant.


Source: World Bank, 1995