Majority of children who are out of school chose not to study because they have no interest in going to school, a survey conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed.
In its 2011 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), the NSO said that 51.3 percent of the children surveyed aged 6 to 11 claimed that they had no “personal interest” to go to school. The second reason for staying out of school was “illness and disability” (15.2 percent) and “high cost of education” (10.5 percent).
Children aged 12 to 17 gave the same top reason—lack of personal interest (38 percent) while the others said high cost of education and interest to work were the second and third reasons (33 percent and 13.1 percent share, respectively).
The survey also cited that 1 in every 10 children aged 6 to 17 were “not attending formal school.” A big proportion of these children are from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) at 16 percent, while the National Capital Region has the lowest share at 7 percent.
Children aged 0 to 17 who are unable to attend formal school account for the 28 percent of the country’s poorest families.
The NSO said that 86 percent of the children nationwide, from 10 to 17 years old, were “functionally literate.”
Region 4A-Calabarzon had the highest functional literacy rate [92 percent], followed by NCR, Cordillera Administrative Region [CAR] and Region 3-Calabarzon with 90 percent each. Region 8–Eastern Visayas had the lowest functional literacy rate [70 percent].
The NSO defines “literate” children as those who can read, write and compute basic solutions.