Nine Percent of Filipinos Aged 6 to 24 years are Out of School (Results from the 2017 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Based on the 2017 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), about nine percent of the estimated 39.2 million Filipinos aged 6 to 24 years old were out-of-school children and youth (OSCY). OSCY refers to family members 6 to 14 years old who are not attending formal school; and family members 15 to 24 years old who are currently out of school, not gainfully employed, and have not finished college or post-secondary course.

Of the 3.6 million OSCYs, 83.1%0 were 16 to 24 years old, 11.2% percent were 12 to 15 years old and 5.7% were 6 to 11 years old. The proportion of OSCYs was higher among females (63.3%) than males (36.7%) (Table 1).
The most common reasons among OSCYs for not attending school were marriage or family matters (37.0%), lack of personal interest (24.7%), and high cost of education or financial concern (17.9%). Among females OSCYs, marriage or family matters (57.0%) was the main reason for not attending school while lack of personal interest among males (43.8%) (Figure 1 and Table 2).
Nationwide, about one-half of OSCYs belong to families whose income fall at the bottom 30 percent based on their per capita income (Table 3).
The APIS 2017 is a nationwide survey conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Around 11,000 sample households are covered nationwide in the survey. The survey is designed to provide non-income indicators related to poverty at the national level. It also gathered data on the socio-economic profile of families and other information related to their living condition.
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General
See more at the Annual Poverty Indicators Survey landing page.