777 Fijians students drop out in a year

More than 700 students dropped out of school between July 2016 and June last year. Picture: FT FILE

A TOTAL of 777 students dropped out of school while another 445 were told to find another school between July 2016 and June last year.
This was revealed in a supplementary book formulated by the National Substance Abuse and Advisory Council for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2018.
Data contained in the report were from school heads that submitted their 2017 evaluation forms to NSAAC for the formulation of the book.
The report highlighted that school dropout was common in secondary schools, totalling 693 out of the 777 cases.
There were only 84 reported cases of school dropout in primary schools between the said periods.
According to the report, the highest numbers of school dropouts were from schools in Suva, accounting for 180 while 128 dropouts were recorded in schools in Nausori.
Out of the 445 students told to find another school, more than 75 per cent of these students were from secondary schools, while only 88 were from primary schools.
There were 402 students that were suspended from school during the said periods, with 390 from secondary schools and 12 from primary schools. There were also 10 suicide and 38 attempted suicide cases recorded in both primary and secondary schools.
The report also showed that 29 primary and secondary school students were reported to have suffered from mental illnesses.

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