No Progress in Reducing the Number of Out-of-School Children
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The impressive decrease in the number of children not attending school comes mainly from the early part of this century (2000-2007). And this reduction has occurred mainly in South and West Asia (India, Pakistan). The remarkable progress in these areas is also coupled with more girls attending school. The rest of the world has not improved as much. Sadly, the Philippines is one of the countries that have failed in addressing universal education:
The above does not look promising. The picture gets worse especially when one considers the latest numbers from the IBON Research Foundation regarding child labor. In 2011, there are 5.6 million children (5 to 17 years old) engaged in labor, with 2.9 million exposed to hazardous conditions. Cohort survival and completion rates in elementary schools remain dismal. In 2012, only three out of four students complete primary schooling.
|Above copied from National Statistics Coordination Board|
|Above copied from Is the World Bank Reaching Out-of-school Children|
East Asia and the Pacific has the highest proportion of out-of-school children who are school leavers. The Philippines as seen in the previous tables has a high enrollment rate. The problem really lies in keeping children in school and not in enrolling the children. The numbers are not getting any better. It is actually getting worse....