Access to formal education reduces the chances of the exploitation of children. However, with increased access to formal education comes the attendant problem of ensuring that children, especially girls, the sex that is disadvantaged in their participation in education, are able to complete their schooling. The aim of this paper is to investigate issues in the socio-economic exploitation of girls in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. The research was based on primary data collected from a sample of eight percent of the population of school girls at the lower secondary school level in the study area. Before the questionnaires were distributed to these girls, they were pre-tested to girls in another district and changes and corrections were made based on the realities on the ground. It was discovered that a lot of factors lead to the continued exploitation of girls in the home. Most of these girls come from humble backgrounds and are involved in income generating activities and chores that interfere with their schooling. It is important that organizations involved in the education of these girls focus attention on improving the socio-economic status of these homes as well as helping to increase the earning capacity of parents, especially the mothers.
Key words: Exploitation, girls’ education, Sierra Leone, socio-economic factors.
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