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UK: Record number of university drop-outs

By Owen Weldon     Mar 29, 2012 in World
Last year there was a record amount of students who quit university courses, just as the dropout rate rose above thirty thousand.
Fears of taxpayers’ money being wasted on courses that students do not want have been prompted due to a recent finding. The finding shows that one in five undergraduates are not completing their first year of their chosen degree at some of the worst performing universities.
Four in ten students will not complete their course after they drop out, graduating with a lesser qualification and switching to another institution, according to the Telegraph. This is the estimate for some universities.
According to the Huffington Post, the study was released on Thursday. The dropout rate for last year showed that there was an increase from 8.7% in the 2008-2009 academic year.
Sally Hunt, the UCU general secretary, said that in just England there has been over £1bn spent on measures meant to help universities improve student retention. The money has been spent over a course of five years. Hunt went onto say that it is unfortunate that there are way too many students who are from backgrounds that are considered disadvantaged that are failing to complete their courses.
According to Deadline, Scotland has the worst dropout rate in the UK, despite the improvements from the previous year.
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