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ERIC Number: EJ1406021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2024
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
EISSN: EISSN-1469-3623
Why Young People Leave School Early in Papua, Indonesia, and Education Policy Options to Address This Problem
Lyn Parker; Lintang Sudibyo
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v54 n1 p146-162 2024
This paper identifies the reasons children and young people leave school early in Merauke, Papua, and advances education policy initiatives to address these causes. Indonesia has a policy of 12 years of compulsory schooling, but many in Papua leave school early. The Indonesian government considers that children mainly leave school early for economic reasons, and addresses the problem through its social welfare programmes, as well as 'supply- side' factors such as the number of schools. This paper uses mainly ethnographic data, especially life histories collected from 22 young people and adults who left school early, to argue that besides economic reasons, the on-again- off-again history of schooling, the extremely problematic nature of that schooling, as well as socio-cultural causes such as the stigmatisation of the local Marind people, self-stigmatisation and cultural discontinuity, combine to push children to leave school early. Multiple initiatives are suggested to improve the quality of education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia
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