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University dropout rate is 53%

Minister of Higher Education Ligia Amada Melo says that the dropout rate for Dominicans entering universities is 53%. She says this is around the average in Lain America.

She said that most give up their studies because they have to work or for lack of vocation for the degree they have chosen. She said that it is common for students to try several degree courses and finish none, attributing this to a lack of adequate student counseling at the universities.

Melo was speaking during an event when 962 scholarships for software development in 14 universities were granted yesterday, Monday 16 September.

She said there is saturation in some degree courses. For instance, she said there are 50,000 lawyers in the country. The Minister added that there is an excess of students of business, when there are not that many companies in the country. She said there is also a surplus of 40,000 studying education, when the country does not need that many teachers.

She said that the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development needed to carry out a study to determine the human resources needs of the country so the universities could plan to fill the deficiencies.

The Minister concluded by saying that the proposed Pact for Education sets out to conduct a feasibility study of the labor market to identify what professions are most needed, as reported in Listin Diario.

Source: DR1, ListinDiario

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