Although more than 95 percent of school-aged children in Morocco are now enrolled in primary school, the education system in Morocco faces significant challenges. Drop-out rates are still high and only 53 percent of students enrolled in middle school continue on to high school and less than 15 percent of first grade students are likely to graduate from high school. Low levels of daily attendance, teacher absenteeism, and a multi-lingual environment at school contribute to the low literacy rates in Morocco. Those unable to complete a high school education have far fewer employment opportunities.
Given these statistics, Morocco has undertaken an ambitious reform program to increase access to education and improve the performance of the education system. The Moroccan government in cooperation with education partners and implementing agencies strives to improve education quality, as measured by learner performance in early-grade reading, by strengthening the capacity of teachers, school administrators and officials, and by printing and distributing teaching and learning materials.