New study: 1 in 20 vocational students in Norway drop out of school

Vocational schoolPhoto: Thomas Brun / NTB
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The chance of dropping out of upper secondary school is greater in vocational subjects than in study preparation education programs, new figures from the Norwegian Directorate of Education show.

New statistics from the Norwegian Directorate of Education for the school year 2019-20 show that 5% of students in vocational subjects dropped out during the school year without having started another education program. 

In study preparation education programs, the dropout rate was 1.9%.

However, 600 fewer students dropped out of upper secondary school compared with the 2018-19 school year. 

Challenges ahead

“We know that those who do not complete upper secondary school now that the country is in a corona crisis will have poor conditions for getting into the workforce. 

“That is why this government is embarking on the largest investment in upper secondary education in many decades,” Minister of Education Guri Melby said.

There are more boys quitting than girls. A total of 3.4% of all boys in upper secondary education dropped out in 2019-20, compared with 2.7% of all girls.

There are also large variations between the counties. 

Most students left in Nordland, while few left in Møre og Romsdal.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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