THE Education Ministry is addressing the issue of school dropouts in the Western Division, particularly in the Ra province.
Divisional education officer Western Lorima Voravora said the operation titled Tabutabuvuli had been ongoing for about three years now.
He said another worrying factor for the ministry was the news that some children were not enrolled in schools.
"Those who have not even been enrolled should be enrolled.
"We are going to find this out as to why these children are not in school," Mr Voravora said.
"We have the Compulsory Education Act which we will use as a guideline.
"We now have a funded project through the Executive Support Unit and Access to Quality Education Program whereby we look at school dropouts.
"We will be looking at the reasons as to why these students leave school in the first place.
"There are negative and positive dropouts. Some of them, they drop out of the formal school curriculum to go into other sectors like agriculture.
"Some of them go overseas to pursue further tertiary studies and some shift from secondary school systems into tertiary institutions.
"Those cannot be categorised as dropouts so we will try to see which students can be divided in which areas."