5.9% Cape Verdeans drop-out of school in Luxembourg
Cape Verdean students are the most likely of all expat groups to quit school in Luxembourg with seven percent saying they believe school is a waste of time.
The figures, published in a recent LISER study, showed that Cape Verdean students had a drop-out of rate 5.9 compared with 2.4 percent of Italians and 2.1 percent of ex-Yugoslavians and Portuguese, respectively.
Furthermore, one in ten (14 percent) Cape Verdean students said they did not consider that school would prepare them for their adult life.
Conversely, half aspired to a career in professional vocations such as law and medicine, the report found. Sadly, though, the majority are following study programmes which will prevent them from accessing these careers, the study said.
The study's authors analysed the academic performances of different non-EU expat nationality groups and influencing factors in order to draw up a list of recommendations.
Among the suggestions made in the report were for better engagement by teachers with parents, better training for staff in cultural diversity and conflict resolution and improved discipline in classrooms.
“Each time they feel judged, mocked or openly disapproved of by fellow students, it is only normal that they develop negative reactions. They lose motivation and interest in their studies, are reluctant to go to school regularly, withdraw or rebel,” the report read.
Increasing academic success among expat students in Luxembourg is crucial for the Grand Duchy to improve its standing within the OECD.
According to the most recent PISA exams, a kind of education world cup, Luxembourg students scored below the OECD average.
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