New survey highlights immigrant youth drop-outs

According to a survey conducted in honor of International Children's Rights Day - to be marked in the Knesset in Monday - 40% of immigrant youths in Israel skip class at a rate of once a week to as much as once a day for reasons other than illness. The Ministry of education reported the number at only in the range of 16-22%. Some 80% of immigrant youth surveyed said that they had skipped classes at least once a week to as much as once a day before completely dropping out of the educational system. Many of the youths cited feelings of discomfort at school and treatment from teachers as reasons for skipping classes.