Many students do not finish school. Why is this, and how can the problem be solved?

School Drop-Outs: Problems and Solutions
Today, although most students in the UAE complete school, a large number still drop out because of family, social and work pressures. This problem requires serious action from both individuals and the government. Most students who do not complete school do so because of family problems. Girls, especially, want to get married and start a family. Some parents are not interested in education and do not support their children in studying. Social problems are also a contributing factor. Education is compulsory but, despite this, some people do not take it seriously. Furthermore, jobs are available even if students do not have a good education. The third reason is work pressure. Some families are poor and need their children to work in order to increase the income. All these problems will create young people who do not have any skills and who will not be able to improve their lives for the family and the country. There are several things that can be done about these problems. Parents should be encouraged to send their children to school. Schools with baby-minding facilities should be opened specially for married students. The government needs to stress the importance of education and even offer financial support to students to continue. This will encourage students to stay at school rather than start working. In conclusion, there are several things that the government can do to allow more people to finish school. However, a number of society attitudes also have to change if the country’s young people are to achieve their full potential. 256 words

REASONS FOR DROPPING OUT As reported, usually a variety of school problems and personal factors combined to cause a student to drop out. Dropouts cited the following reasons most frequently: SCHOOL FACTORS * Didn't like school in general or a particular transfer school. * Was failing, getting poor grades, or couldn't keep up with school work. (Only 18 percent reported having passed their last year of school.) * Didn't get along with teachers and/or students.

* Had friends who dropped out. However. the youth may not have even realized that some long-term interventions. PERSONAL FACTORS * Got a job. tutoring. * Got married. followed rules. INTERVENTIONS SCHOOLS The most frequent intervention by school personnel was trying to talk a student into staying. they may not have thought they should include earlier interventions. got pregnant (one-third were pregnant when they left). Some schools indicated that they would permit a student to return if he or she got good grades. * Had a drug or alcohol problem. and/or placement in a special program. or promised better attendance. such as remedial education. wanted to have a family. was suspended. * Didn't fit in. had a family to support. Further. since the dropouts' responses about interventions were based on a question about what happened "the last time" they stopped attending school. were actually dropout prevention measures. and 16 percent were expelled or suspended. * Wanted to travel. * Help with personal problems. * Transfer to another school. * Didn't feel safe. became a parent. or expelled. but even this effort was cited by only 39 percent of dropouts surveyed. or had a family to take care of. or had trouble managing both school and work. 17 percent of the potential dropouts reported being told that they couldn't come back to school.* Had disciplinary problems. Conversely. * Calls or visits home. . Among the concrete offers made to potential dropouts were these: * Help with making up missed work.

* Counseling. Indeed. it is crucial that both educators and families find ways to make it possible for all students the pregnant and parenting. and counselors. CONCLUSION Despite leaving school.FAMILIES Dropouts reported that parents and guardians were more opposed to their decision than were school personnel. most dropouts recognized that they needed further education and expected to acquire it. About 20 percent of parents and guardians. with three-quarters indicating that their families had tried to talk them out of leaving school. also contacted principals. Since completing a high school education without interruption is the best foundation for realizing the dreams of youth. particularly those with sons at risk of dropping out. eight percent of the youth surveyed already had obtained a GED certificate. Among the offers made by families to encourage persistence were these: * Help with personal problems. and even the most problematic student to stay in school. However. the career aspirations of many dropouts were high. * Arranging for tutoring. a majority were also told that the decision was theirs. and possibly dead-end jobs. the failing. Such optimism suggests that they did not believe they were sacrificing their futures by dropping out. a school transfer. The youth reported that an equal percentage of caregivers said that it was all right to leave. teachers. and/or placement in a special program. while 12 percent punished the dropout. low-paying. although they were currently holding low-skill. * Help with making up school work. Further. the ones who need to hold jobs. REFERENCES .