Discontinuation of education
Producer: Statistics Finland
Homepage: http:// www.stat.fi/til/kkesk/index_en.html
Main topic: Education
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes
Statistics Finland has been compiling statistics on discontinuation of post-comprehensive school education from individual-based data on students and qualifications since the academic year of 2000-2001. The data on discontinuation are obtained by examining the situation of students having studied in September xxxx in September xxxx+1. If a person has not continued to study or has not qualified during the year in question, he or she is defined as having dropped out of education.
The central object of examination in these statistics is the sector of education: upper secondary general education (aimed at young people), vocational education (aimed at young people), polytechnic education (Bachelor’s degrees) and university education (Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees). Data have also been compiled from other points of view, for example by educational institution, field of study or region. In accordance with the Statistics Act, the personal data from which these statistics are compiled are confidential. As a rule, the statistics produced from them are public.
The statistics describe discontinuation of education with data on students having discontinued education by field of education, students having discontinued vocational education and education leading to a qualification or degree.
The number of students used in the statistics on discontinuation of education differs from the total number of students in education leading to a qualification or degree. For example, students with deficient personal identification numbers have been removed from the data. Upper secondary general education comprises day schools, vocational education upper secondary level vocational education exclusive of preparatory education for a skills examination, apprenticeship education and education organised through labour policy measures and by vocational special schools. In respect of polytechnic education, all education leading to a qualification or degree is included, while university education comprises education leading to lower or higher-degree level degrees.
The statistics contain data on discontinuation of education
- by sector of education (upper secondary general education, vocational education, polytechnic education and university education)
- by educational institution
- by field of study and field of education
- by region and municipality.
As special compilations, statistics can also be compiled by other educational and regional classifications and data on, for example, employment can be combined with them.
Data collection methods and data sources
Statistics Finland collects from educational institutions individual-based data on students and qualifications and degrees in all education leading to a qualification or degree. Discontinuation of education is inferred from these data. The data are collected electronically.
- Participants and/or completers of a qualification in apprenticeship training in the calendar year
- Polytechnic qualifications
- Polytechnic students
- Students in upper secondary general schools
- University degrees
- University students
The statistics are produced annually.
Time of completion or release
The data are ready in March.
Statistics on discontinuation of education have been produced starting from the academic year 2000-2001. Earlier data from 1995 and before it on discontinuation of education are not comparable with these data.
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Last updated 17.03.2014