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School drop out rate on the rise

Despite investing billions in the extended day public schools, the Ministry of Education annual report reveals that the number of students dropping out from public schools continues to grow. The State of Education 2015 report issued last week by Minister of Education Carlos Amarante Baret reports that in 2012-2013 the drop out rate from elementary school was 2.60%. For 2013-2014 this had increased to 2.98%, as reported in Diario Libre.

In middle school the drop out rate increased from 5.70% in 2012-2013 to 6.4% in 2013-2014.

Diario Libre says that while the Ministry of Education does not establish reasons for the increases, the National Office of Statistics states that most children leave school for economic reasons and that there is a direct relationship between school desertion and poverty.

The province with the highest dropout rate is Pedernales, on the border with Haiti, with 13%. San Juan de la Maguana, also in the southwest, follows with 9.1%.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Jan 18, 2016

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