GOOD work opportunities in the Balearics “are counterproductive” to persuading students to continue into further education, as many leave their studies to work. This situation requires that the academic and work sphere should combine to reverse this trend.
This was revealed yesterday by the teacher Joan Cerda, from the educative services company Estudi 6, which has organised a conference about this scholastic failure which will take place on November 9 and 10. It will discuss the role of building and the economy in pupils deciding to abandon their studies. Although Estudi 6 has no statistics about the percentage of scholars who leave their studies in the Balearics, Cerda said that the situation “is not good, from the point of view of both the effects and of further education”. In the Balearics, he continued, the work system “is not sufficiently linked to the educative system” and this “has a negative effect on the results” and on further education. Cerda also referred to the effect of immigration on education, which he said should be approached from “a preventative point of view” to avoid it becoming a problem. From his point of view schools should strive to be “as mixed as possible” rather than having certain centres for immigrants.

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