About 1.2 million children and adolescents in Venezuela dropped out of school in the last three years, according to a study carried out by the Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB) presented this Wednesday.
“For this 2021, the primary and high school student population is 6.5 million versus the 7.1 million who were enrolled in the system in 2018. This means that, In the last three years, the number of students fell 15%, or in other words, 1.21 million children and adolescents left the classroom (about 400,000 per year)”Said the UCAB in a statement.
The study, developed by the Center for Educational Innovation (CIED) of the university center and entitled “Educational Diagnosis of Venezuela (DEV)”, Indicated that for this school year they registered 502,700 teachers, that is to say, 166,000 fewer teachers (-25%) than the 699,000 who worked in schools and high schools in 2018.
The most common causes of school absenteeism were lack of food at home (78,3 %), lack of basic services (56,7 %), not being able to afford the implements (55,5 %), rhealth areas (44.4%), because should help with household chores (43,7 %), because the student did not want to continue studying (43,5 %), because it does not consider important to study (38.7%) and for the cost of transportation (25,9 %).
Likewise, the university pointed out that, both in the case of students and teachers, just over 40% of those who deserted emigrated and the rest remain in Venezuela.
“When we interviewed the representatives about the reasons for the children’s absence, some have told us that they prefer to get as much sleep as they want so they can have a meal”, Assured the director of CIED, Eduardo Cantera.
Likewise, it pointed out that although in 90% of the educational centers the regime executes the School Feeding Program (PAE), only 32.27% of the schools receive the service every school day and 36.7%, several times a week.
“70.8% limit themselves to a daily meal with little protein and more carbohydrates”Said Cantera.
On October 24, the Venezuelan dictator, Nicolás Maduro, asked the vice president for Social and Territorial Socialism, Mervin Maldonado, to go “to search”Of the students who left the educational system during the 19 months in which they have not received face-to-face classes.
“Maldonado, I hold you accountable to a country for the search and loving incorporation of young people who have dropped out of the school system to advance again above 90% (in) the level of school enrollment,” he stressed in an act broadcast by the channel state VTV.
(With information from EFE)