What is the Effect of Child Labour on Learning Achievement? Evidence from Ghana

Innocenti Working Papers 79

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Heady, Christopher;
  • Publisher
    • Innocenti Research Centre
  • Date of Publication
    • 2000
  • Pages
    • 40
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 250U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


This paper analyzes the links between child labour and poor school performance, using data gathered in Ghana in recent years. Author Christopher Heady moves away from conventional studies on child labour and education, which tend to focus on low school enrolment and attendance. He goes further, to examine the day to day impact of child labour on those in school, finding that, as well as leaving children too tired to learn, child labour robs them of their interest in learning. Children who are already contributing economically to their family income may be less interested in academic achievement, resulting in lack of motivation that affects both their learning and their future prospects.


Thematic area

Child Work and Labour   / 


child labour   /  education   /  right to education   /