Shocking School Drop-Out Stats for Karas

NEARLY 70% of the Karas region’s school population have dropped out without completing their secondary education, despite boasting with an adult literacy rate of 96,6% – a figure higher than the country’s overall literacy rate of 89%.

The shocking school drop-out figures are contained in a recently launched Karas Census Regional Profile, which is based on statistics derived from the Namibia 2011 Population and Housing Census reports.

The statistics reveal that “close to 99% of the youth aged 15 to 24 years were literate”.

Karas acting education director Jacky Rukamba blamed the “social trend” of children not wanting to go to school for the high school drop-out rate.

“Children would just drop out of school, and if you ask for the reason, they simply tell you they don’t want to go to school,” said Rukamba.

Rukamba said another factor contributing to the high school drop-out rate are those failing Grade 10, but who are not compelled to repeat class on a full-time basis.

Rukamba explained that the thinking of the those failing Grade 10 is that: “As long as I fail Grade 10, I will be out of the school system”

“The Grade 10 failure is a crisis in the region,” the acting director added.

Source : The Namibian

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