DepEd sees lower dropout rate in Senior High

June 18, 2016 1:26 am 

By Filane Mikee Cervantes

MANILA, June 17 (PNA) — Outgoing Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Friday allayed fears of soaring dropout rates due to Senior High School (SHS), saying that the number will be reduced from 50 percent to 10 percent.

In a press conference om Friday, Luistro said the enrollment figures of Grade 11 students reached the one-million mark thereby reversing critics' claims of increased dropouts.

Luistro cited that the annual historical figure of half of those who finished fourth year high school going to college is around 750,000 every year.

"But today, at least based on our data, we have an enrolment already, while this is partial at more than a million," he said.

"So, our number of dropout have significantly dropped and have actually reversed itself because by the end, if we finish the registration, I think it will be at an all-time high number of 4th year high school graduates or completers or their equivalent taking on at least another year or two of education," he added.

Luistro said the final data on number of enrollees and dropouts will be available on August 31, 2016.

Of the 1.4 million Grade 10 completers in school year 2015-2016, DepEd reported that 1,039,047 are now enrolled in SHS nationwide. (PNA)

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