The compulsory education policy launched by Alassane Ouattara in 2015 is struggling to bear fruit.
Since 2015, school has become compulsory for all Ivorian children aged 6 to 16. It has been a priority for Alassane Ouattara since his assumption of the presidency. But, before being able to make school compulsory for primary and secondary school pupils, it was still necessary to set up enough classrooms and recruit enough teachers to accommodate them.
With a budget of 700 billion F CFA (over 1 billion euros) for its implementation, this compulsory schooling policy (PSO) aimed to "give to all the girls and all the sons" of Côte d'Ivoire “the right to quality education and training”. "In five years, we have opened more classes than in the previous twenty years", underlined Alassane Ouattara in 2018.
Data provided by the Minister of National Education, Kandia Camara, however, revealed that 30% of children aged 6 to 11 remained out of the school system in 2017.