About 244,000 children and teenagers between 6 and 14 years old are out of schools in Brazil. The number is the product of a survey by the Todos Pela Educação organization, with data from 2021, which record a 171.1% growth in school dropout compared to 2019.
In general terms, students who did not attend educational establishments for two years represented 0.3% of the total, a contingent that rose to 1% and corresponds to the highest level observed in the last six years.
The survey was produced based on information from the National Household Sample Survey (Continuous PNAD) for the second quarter of 2021, and published in the technical note “School attendance rates for the population aged 6 to 14 and 15 to 17 years old”. The consultation is promoted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
The technical note also highlighted that there was an increase in students in this age group who were behind in school: around 396.8 thousand were attending pre-school in 2019, a stage dedicated to children between 4 and 5 years old. In 2021, there are 702.7 thousand: an increase of 77% that points to the highest absolute and relative values of the historical series started in 2012.
The survey found a trend in the fall of young people aged 15 to 17 who left school without completing high school: the level was 7.1% in 2019 and is now at 4.4% in the second half of this year. Numbers that represent a contingent of 407,000 young people.
Despite this, there was a reduction in the percentage of young people in this age group enrolled in regular high school or who have already completed this stage of studies: it went from 77% in 2019 to 74.9% this year.
“This was mainly due to an increase, in 2021, in the number of young people aged 15 to 17 who were attending previous stages (Regular Elementary School, Elementary School, or Youth and Adult Literacy)”, justifies the study.
Sought to comment on the study’s findings, the Ministry of Education has so far not commented.
*Under supervision of Stéfano Salles
Reference: CNN Brasil