School dropouts in Portugal increase for the first time since 2017

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The rate of early leavers from education and training in Portugal increased last year to 8%, breaking the gradual downward trend that had been registered since 2017, according to information provided by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

After six consecutive years of a drop in the number of pupils leaving school early, INE now reveals that this trend was broken last year.

In 2023, there was an increase of 1.5 percentage points in the dropout rate in Portugal, from 6.5 to 8%.

Only students from the Azores islands continued the downward trend in the dropout rate, from 26.1% in 2022 to 21.7% last year.

As for the figures for mainland Portugal, there has been an increase, but the rates are much lower: 5.9% in 2022 and 7.6% last year.

In 2016, 14% of Portuguese young people dropped out of school, and since then it has been falling: In 2020 it reached 8.9%, below the target set for that year and, for the first time, below the European average.

The European Union has set a target for 2030 of an early school leaving rate below 9%.

The school dropout rate allows us to identify the percentage of young people who have not completed secondary education and are not in any form of education and training.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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