Estrie drop-out continues to go down
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.