Global Education Digest 2012
The latest edition of the Global Education Digest reveals the urgent need to address the high numbers of children repeating grades and leaving school before completing primary or lower secondary education.
New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show that about 32.2 million primary pupils were held back a grade in 2010, and 31.2 million dropped out of school and may never return.
Entitled Opportunities Lost: The Impact of Grade Repetition and Early School Leaving, the Digest presents a wide range of UIS data and indicators to better identify the millions of children that are falling through the cracks in education systems and leaving school, often without being able to read or write. The report is complemented by an online interactive tool allowing users to visualize repetition and dropout rates by grade in the region and country of their choice.
The greatest challenges to the completion of primary school are found in three regions:
- Sub-Saharan Africa, where 42% of pupils will leave school early, with about one in six leaving before Grade 2;
- South and West Asia, where for every 100 pupils who start primary school, 33 will leave before the last grade;
- Latin America and the Caribbean, where 17% of pupils leave school before completing primary education (see regional summaries for more findings).
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