MUKAH: About 85% of school drop-outs from less developed states in the country come from poor families, according to Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.
Fatimah said this was based on a 2004 Education Ministry and Unesco study.
The Dalat assemblyman said according to the data compiled by the Malaysian Education Statistics 2011, the enrolment rate for primary level reached above 90% from 2007 to 2011.
For the lower and upper secondary levels, the figures were below 90% and below 80% respectively, she said.
The rates continued to decline further at the post-secondary and tertiary levels to below 20% from 2008 to 2011, she added.
“Low academic achievement, low interest and disciplinary problems may cause students to drop out of school,” she said at a career programme motivation talk at Menara Pehin Setia Raja here over the weekend.
Fatimah said the above-mentioned reasons, along with poverty, could cause students from poor families to be at greater risk of dropping out and eventually absorbed into the workforce.
She said more often than not, they became young workers and did not have the opportunity to benefit from the education system.
She also said an education for all mid-decade assessment (EFAMDA) analysis revealed that boys’ enrolment rates were significantly lower than girls’ in the country.
At the upper secondary and post-secondary levels, male students’ enrolment rate was recorded at about half that of their female counterparts.
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