Monday, 7 July 2008

Hundreds leave school very early

Tasmania has the second highest rate of children leaving school before year eight.

Figures show that Tasmania's problem with school retention starts much younger than many realise.

A new program is being trialed in the state's midlands to try to stop children leaving school before year 8.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that six per cent of Tasmanian children leave school before year 8, which equates to about 25 children per high school.

That is higher than the national average of three per cent and better only than the Northern Territory.

The not-for-profit organisation Beacon Foundation is trialing a program at Campbell Town District High School.

The program encourages children in year 6 to have the confidence to continue on to high school.

If it is successful, Beacon plans to roll out the program to other states.

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