Education groups doubt official school dropout figures

Aminah Farid

Schoolboys do some last-minute revision for their SPM exams outside SMK Selayang Bharu in Kuala Lumpur. Education groups warn that the government appears to have been grossly under-reported figures for children dropping out of school. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 7, 2022.

THE school dropout rate between March 2020 and July 2021 could be higher than the 21,316 stated by the government, education groups have said.

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) honorary secretary Tunku Munawirah Putra told The Malaysian Insight that before Covid-19 there were approximately 60,000 children dropping out of school (or 1.2% of the student population), suggesting the latest statistics have been grossly under-reported.

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