NSO: Majority of children not attending school ‘lacks personal interest’


Lack of personal interest was the common reason of children to not attend school, according to a National Statistics Office (NSO) survey.

Coming from the 2011 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), NSO said in a statement that 51.3 percent or majority of the children aged 6 to 11 years old who are not attending school said that “lack of personal interest” is their reason for not going to school. NSO added that illness and disability ranked second in the list with 15.2 percent and “high cost of education” as third with 10.5 percent.

For children aged 12 to 17 stated the same top reason— lack of personal interest with 38 percent—but listed “high cost of education” and “employment or looking for work” as two of the main reasons with 33 percent and 13.1 percent share, respectively.

The APIS also cited that 1 in every 10 children aged 6 to 17 years old were “not attending formal school.” Big proportion of these children came from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with 16 percent, while the National Capital Region has the lowest share with 7 percent.

These children—aged 0 to 17—not being able to attend formal school account the 28 percent  of the country’s poorest families living with bottom 30 percent of the per capita income standard of $3,157 (P135,751 yearly) in 2011.

The NSO said that 86 percent of the children nationwide, from 10 to 17 years old, were “functionally literate.”

“Region IVA-Calabarzon had the highest functional literacy rate [92 percent], followed by NCR, Cordillera Administrative Region [CAR] and Region III-Calabarzon with 90 percent each. Region VIII–Eastern Visayas had the lowest functional literacy rate [70 percent],” the NSO said, referring to Filipino “literate” children who can read, write and compute basic questions and solutions. KRISTYN NIKA M. LAZO


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