Almost 4,000 students drop out PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 May 2017 16:18

By RG Antonet Go

Nearly 4,000 students have dropped out from schools during the last school year.

Based on Department of Education records,  there were 2,800 students in the elementary and 1,130 students in the secondary levels who dropped out last year.

The number translated to a 2.02 percent drop out rate in elementary and 2.04 drop out rate in secondary schools for the school year 2015 to 2016.

Although seemingly high, the drop out rate is lower compared to previous years.

There was a 2.30 drop out rate for elementary students and a 2.47 rate for secondary students during the 2014 to 2015 school year.

Alhadzmar A. Lantaka, DepEd Division Senior Education Program Specialist attributes the drop out of students to lack of accessibility to schools, and poverty.

Out of ten school children, eight to nine children reportedly go to school.

Only four however, have gone to high school.

Lantaka said that the DepEd aims to construct more schools to lessen the children who have dropped out of schools.

The office also aims to open an Integrated High School and work on Open High Schools for those who are working.

Zamboanga city currently has 172 public elementary schools and 38 public high schools.

Of the 38 public high schools, only 25 are offering senior high school.

Lantaka said that it is ideal for all barangays to have an elementary and high school to solve the participation and drop out rate.  (RGAAGo)