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Nov 27, 2012

Highest Percentage of Jewish Dropouts are from Haredi Schools

According to the Central Statistics Office, 26.951 students dropped out of school in 2011, and 4694 of them were dropouts from primary school. Most of the dropping out happens when entering, and during, high school. And this is where the high percentage of haredi dropouts is recorded: 5.3% overall dropout, while 17% of haredi students dropout between 11th and 12th grade.

There are some more interesting statistics as well - Arabs have a 77% higher dropout rate than do Jews, and among new olim the dropout rate is 3 times higher than it is among the general population.
(source: NRG)

I know the office of statistics is responsible for gathering statistics, but I would like to see some analysis and studies to determine why these students are dropping out. Such a report should be complimented with a report from the social services and/or from the Ministry of Education analyzing what the common causes are among the different sectors that might affect the dropout level.

My only comment on the statistics presented are regarding the Haredi dropouts from high school. 17% of Haredi students dropout between the 11th and 12th grades.

There are not too many haredi high schools that have 4 years of schooling - the 9th through 12th grades. Most haredi schools, that I am aware of, are in the yeshiva ketana system, which is a 3 year system. After 3 years of yeshiva ketana, the students generally continue on to yeshiva gedola. While there are some high schools in hared communities that operate on the 4 year system, there are no more than a handful of them - not nearly enough to be the source of any serious statistics on the matter. So, with no 12th grade in the haredi school system, I am not sure how 17% of haredi students are dropping out of school between the 11th and 12th grades.

Perhaps there are haredi children in the general school system and that is the source of the numbers of haredi dropouts, but it does not seem accurate to describe haredi dropouts if they are dropping out of a non-haredi system - they should just be considered general dropouts like the main statistics.  

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  1. There are plenty of Charedi High Schools - for girls. Maybe a lot of girls are getting engaged during HS and that is why they drop out.

  2. good point. for some reason that factor slipped my mind.. just happened in my daughters 12th grade class last week


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