The Ministry of Education says the primary school dropout has been on an average of 0.5 per cent per year over the past eight years.
Also, an average of 3.2 per cent per year for high school dropouts has been recorded for the same period.
This has been captured by the Ministry of Education, FEMIS System.
Minister Responsible for Education Aseri Radrodro said that these figures could vary slightly, given that not all registered schools in Fiji are captured under FEMIS system, particularly private-run schools.
Radrodro said the Ministry of Education is working to initiate a process whereby all the students, despite attending a private or public schools, are captured in a proper system.
“So many people are dropping out of schools or are being denied quality education and these reasons vary for schools, while at the same time obstacle are huge for children to overcome.
“Reasons include child labour, which could be due to poverty or forced labour amongst others, lack of funding support from home, lack of empathy by teachers who are not so welcoming, not understanding school environment, hunger, difficulty travelling to school, gender bias, national conflicts, teenage pregnancies and natural disasters.”
The Minister for Education said they are strategising early detection of risk of dropout to provide intervention.
Radrodro said the Government’s continued free education support will continue in order to address financial barriers and high education scholarships.