Roma, non-Roma gap widens in secondary education – paper

Budapest, September 7 (MTI) – The gap between Roma and non-Roma students who continue their studies in a secondary school has widened over the past six years in Hungary, despite education policy efforts aimed at integration, Magyar Nemzet daily said on Tuesday.

While the ratio difference between non-Roma and Roma students entering a secondary school was 41 percentage points during the 2002/2003 school year, that gap by 2008/2009 widened to 45 percentage points, said the paper, citing a study commissioned by a former education minister.

    During the 2008/2009 school year alone, four times fewer, just 7.8 percent of Roma primary school pupils entered one of Hungary’s three types of secondary schools, compared with 32.7 percent of non-Roma pupils, the study showed.

    The ratio of Roma pupils enrolling in vocational education for 2008/2009 was 19 percent, compared to 39 percent of non-Roma pupils.

    Although the proportion of Roma moving on to secondary or vocational school has increased by five percentage points to 26.8 percent during the past six years, the proportion of non-Roma in secondary education has increased more dynamically, by ten percentage points to 71.8 percent, in the same period, the paper said.

    Thirty-percent of Roma students, however, dropped out of vocational education before obtaining their qualifications, the paper added.








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