StatsCan reports less female school dropouts and more returning

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martin dufresne
StatsCan reports less female school dropouts and more returning

 

martin dufresne

[url=http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/080409/d080409c.htm]High school dropouts returning to school - 15 yr study[/url]

(StatsCan) Fewer young women than men quit school without their high school diploma. And female dropouts are also more likely than men to return to class to finish their high school education, according to a new study.

The study, "High school dropouts returning to school," based on data from the Labour Force Survey and the Youth in Transition Survey, found that a significant number of high school dropouts take advantage of the "second chance" system that offers them another opportunity to get their diploma.

In 2004/2005, nearly 3 in every 10 high school dropouts (29%) aged 20 to 24 had returned to school. The proportion for women was about 35%, and for their male counterparts, about 26%.

The study found that only a few factors had an impact on a young woman's decision to return. These were mostly personal, such as the circumstances under which they left school in the first place. Young women who left school because of personal reasons (often, pregnancy) were 30% more likely to return than other female dropouts. (...)