Estrie drop-out con­tin­ues to go down

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Af­ter ten years of ac­tions to pro­mote school per­se­ver­ance and ed­u­ca­tional suc­cess in the Estrie, this year will see a re­def­i­ni­tion of the di­rec­tion of the Pro­jet Parte­naires pour la reussite ed­uca­tive en Estrie (Pro­jet PREE). The re­sults show that the ef­forts made on the is­sue have borne fruit, notably when it comes to the an­nual drop-out rate. The new re­sults have just been pub­lished by the Que­bec Education min­istry.

The goals of re­duc­ing the drop-out rate were reached, how­ever, ef­forts must con­tinue so that the rate doesn’t be­gin to climb. The an­nual drop-out rate for the Estrie re­gion went from 25.5 % in 2006-2009 to 20.4 % for 2011-2014. For the same pe­ri­ods, the num­ber for boys alone went from 32.2 % to 24.8 %, while the drop-out rate for girls went from 18.6 % to 15.8 %.

Last week, in­terim Min­is­ter for the Estrie re­gion, Pierre Par­adis, an­nounced $591,438 in sup­port for the Pro­jet PREE. “Th­ese sums will help us main­tain cer­tain ac­tions in the com­ing year. It is too soon to de­fine the pri­or­i­ties that we will keep and we have be­gun an anal­y­sis of the needs when it comes to ed­u­ca­tional suc­cess. We await in­di­ca­tions from the min­istry re­gard­ing the use of this new fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive,” com­mented Chris­tian Provencher, the co-pres­i­dent of the TECIE.

The 2016 year will be one of tran­si­tion for the Pro­jet PREE and de­ter­min­ing new di­rec­tions to im­prove school suc­cess. The is­sues that will be iden­ti­fied will con­trib­ute to make the Estrie re­gion one of the best re­gions in Que­bec.

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