MAJOR plans are in the pipeline at Nabalabala Village in Ra on how drop-outs can be reinstated into the school system.
The rising number of children who are opting to stay home is a major concern for the village.
Village headman Mario Keni said many dropped out at an early age.
"We have about 30 school drop-outs here in the village and the main reason was because they would prefer to stay in the village and did not want to continue further studies," Mr Keni said.
"In a way it is good because they are here to help village elders in farming and other village duties. However we have been trying to inform them that nowadays times are hard and it was important that they continue their education to help them in their future.
"There are plans already being discussed here in the village to send these youths back for classes especially in trade and carpentry courses," he said.
The village headman said many of the youths had agreed to continue their education in vocational institutions.
He added when they returned with trade certificates, they would be of great help to their elders because they wouldn't have to hire carpenters again to build village homes.
A number of these youths are expected to join vocational institutes like the Centre for Appropriate Technology in Nadave, Tailevu.