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Apr 7, 2016

How Does Belize’s Dropout Rate Compare to Latin America?

On a positive note where it concerns the education system, the completion rate at the primary level is significantly higher in Belize than anywhere else in Latin America.  While that bodes well for children entering the education system, the same cannot be said for high school students since the dropout rate is much higher, leaving teens exposed to crime and violence.


Francisco Carneiro, Representative, World Bank

Francisco Carneiro

“Now let’s talk a little bit about the factors that affect social sustainability and here I’m going to focus first on the education sector.  One very interesting characteristic of Belize is that the completion rate of primary school level is very high and above the regional average in the case of Belize.  You can see that on the left hand side chart, Belize is in red and Latin America is in Blue.  So Belize is very high in terms of completion rate and above the average for Latin America but when we look at the secondary school which is on the lower bars on the left hand side chart and then on the right hand side.  Not only are the completion rates low and much lower than the primary school but they are much lower than the average for Latin America so you reverse the situation.  Completion rates were high in primary school and lower in secondary school.  That’s an indication that you have a lot of opportunities to improve the quality of education in both sectors because you could improve education in primary school and make the students more prepared for secondary school and in secondary school, improve the quality of education, people will prefer to stay in the school instead of dropping out and that has implications in terms of crime, exposure to crime in terms of productivity growth.”

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2 Responses for “How Does Belize’s Dropout Rate Compare to Latin America?”

  1. cd says:

    How about the government stop stealing and wasting money. Fund free school through the taxes that are collected. Then more kids will remain in school and overall improve Belize.

  2. VB says:

    I think that Belize government should end its debate with Guatemala by taking military action and invest more in their economy especially in education and build more and better schools like the United States and provide programs for students so they wont get distracted by the negatives of the economy. Also the government should be changed to exactly the same type the u.s is using. Which means ending queen Elizabeth’s reign and elect a president, form a congress and senate

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