Survey monitors students’ situation

Students head home after school. The Fiji Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey carried out by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics in March and April this year found that 31.7 per cent of secondary school-aged children were not attending school. Picture: FILE

The Fiji Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey carried out by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics in March and April this year found that 31.7 per cent of secondary school-aged children were not attending school.

The survey found that 28.2 per cent of children of upper secondary school age were out of school while 3.5 per cent of children of lower secondary school age were not attending any level of education.

The report stated 1.3 per cent of children of primary school age were not attending classes.

The survey also found 51.5 per cent of children completed their upper secondary school education while 94.6 per cent completed their lower secondary education.

The survey report stated 98.4 per cent of children successfully went through their primary education and there was a 99.4 per cent effective transition rate from primary schools to lower secondary schools in Fiji.

A total of 93.4 per cent of children who attended early childhood education entered primary schools.

The survey was designed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and collected data on a wide range of indicators for monitoring the situation of women and children in Fiji.

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