Child mar­riages fac­tor in school dropouts

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KUALA LUMPUR: Child mar­riages are among the con­tribut­ing f ac­tors f or stu­dents drop­ping out of s chool, s ai d Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Mas­zlee Ma­lik.

“Sev­eral other fac­tors that re­sult in stu­dents drop­ping out of school were also i den­ti­fied, which dif­fer be­tween one com­mu­nity and an­other.

“Among these fac­tors are poverty, lack on in­ter­est, l ack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude of par­ents, ill­ness or dis­abil­i­ties, learn­ing prob­lems and so­cial prob­lems in­clud­ing un­der­age mar­riages,” he said when re­ply­ing to a ques­tion by Awang Hu­siani Sa­hari (PHPu­tatan) dur­ing the Min­is­ter’s Ques­tion Time in the De­wan Rakyat yes­ter­day.

How­ever, Mas­zlee said there was an im­prove­ment in curb­ing dropouts among pri­mary school pupils.

“There was a ris­ing trend in Year Six stu­dents tran­sit­ing to Form One be­tween 2014 and 2017, from 95.6% to 97.52%.

“The num­ber of pri­mary school dropouts has fallen from 0.34% to 0.29% in the same pe­riod.

“The min­istry hopes to lower this and has set a 0.27% tar­get for 2019,” he said.

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