One in 20 students drops out

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19 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - One in every twenty students in secondary education and vocational training leave school without any qualifications. As many as one in three students drop out of the lowest level of vocational education.

19 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - One in every twenty students in secondary education and vocational training leave school without any qualifications. As many as one in three students drop out of the lowest level of vocational education.

There were 1.2 million young people in secondary or vocational education during the 2004-2005 academic year. About one in twenty of them had left school without a diploma a year later.

The drop out rate is higher for vocational training (10 percent) than for secondary education (4 percent). Within vocational training the lower levels of education had the highest drop out rates.

One in three (34 percent) left the lowest level (assistant training) of vocational education. Levels two (basic vocational training), three (vocational training), and four (management training) had drop out rates of 15 percent, 9 percent, and 6 percent, respectively.

The drop out rate among those of non-Western background (almost 9 percent) was higher than that among native Dutch (5 percent). First generation immigrants, especially those who had been in the Netherlands less than five years, were more likely to drop out than second generation.

Another striking statistic was that children of single-parent households were almost twice as likely to drop out as children from two-parent households.

In general the drop out rate was lower for children from households with higher incomes from paid work or benefits.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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