AWEJ Volume.5 Number.3, 2014                                                                      Pp. 86-99

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The Causes of Primary School Dropout among Rural Girls in
Morocco:  a Case Study of Sidi Smail District


Mohammed Derdar
Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco




The present study reflects on the causes of primary school dropout among rural girls in Morocco. It takes Sidi Smail, a rural area in El Jadida province as a case study. The main goal of this study is to find out and discuss the root causes contributing to the problem and provide some recommendations in an attempt to fight the female dropout plight. The study opts for a qualitative research method, using a semi-structured interviewing technique. The causes of female dropout found in this study are related to financial circumstances, health problems, child labour, remote school, school related issues, girls’ lack of motivation, parents’ negative perception of female education, and early marriage.
Key words:  Causes – dropout – Morocco – primary school – rural girls


Mohammed DERDAR (PhD) is a professor of Gender Studies at Chouaib Doukkali University,
Faculty of Letters of Human Sciences, Department of English Studies, El Jadida, Morocco. His
research interests include Gender and Cultural Studies. He is currently a member of the
Moroccan Culture Research Group (MCRG). He has written a number of articles on women‟s
issues in Morocco.