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A cross-sectional study was carried out with the sole purpose of assessing the effects of sociocultural barriers in extent of Dropout among female students from secondary schools in District Bajaur. Using Sekaran criteria, a sample size of 169 respondents was purposefully chosen. A conceptual framework consisting of a dependent variable (the extent of dropout) and an independent variable (sociocultural). For primary data collection, a well-structured questionnaire was used. Furthermore, Univariate and Bi-variate analysis was conducted through the uses of SPSS software (Statical Packages for Social Sciences). After the analysis of data at the Bi-variate level, a highly significant association (P=0.000) between the extent of drop out and sociocultural barriers (statements), namely, parents prioritize boy’s education more as compared to their girl child, cultural norms and beliefs constrain girl education, parents believes that religious education is more important than formal education, strict purdah (ideal) for women is the cause of dropout. Similarly, a significant association was found between nature of dropout and Traditional values as too much education spoils girls for marriage are reason for dropouts (P=0.001), When girls reach maturity, the family tends to arrange their marriage instead of continuing their study (P=0.001). Study recommend that Government should ensure provision of “Free, equitable, inclusive & Compulsory schooling” to all students especially girls as per the constitution of the country (Article A-37). Government should arrange provision of all desired education supplies to students inside the school.