The Mauricie Regional Education Table (TREM) unveils a whole new portrait of school perseverance and educational success in the region.
“This portrait is intended as a first step towards targeted development and leads to avenues for reflection so that TREM’s partners can take more targeted actions. The first portrait released in 2017 was useful for developing a common language with regard to school perseverance and targeting intervention elements, ”indicates Mélanie Chandonnet, Executive Director of the Mauricie Regional Education Table (TREM) .
The report mentions in particular the drop in school dropouts in Quebec and Mauricie. The dropout rate is currently 13% on average in the region. However, the situation remains more worrying for boys than for girls. The graduation rate stands at 78% in the region, compared to 74.6% in TREM’s last report in 2017.
We also discover that many students work during their studies. In secondary school, two-thirds of students in the Mauricie have paid employment. In addition, 14% of them work more than 16 hours per week.
“Our students work more than elsewhere in Quebec where this statistic is close to 50%. This shows us that there could be opportunities for action aimed at reconciling work and studies, ”illustrates Ms. Chandonnet.
The portrait also shows that 30% of high school students in Mauricie and Center-du-Québec say they have a high level of psychological distress, a higher proportion for girls (41.5%) than for boys (17, 5%). They are also 17.7% to have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders and 5.4% to have been diagnosed with depression.
“We hope that this portrait will become a reference tool for all our partners in order to work together to make a difference with students. At this time, students and faculty are strained and experiencing great challenges on a daily basis. We reiterate our desire to keep our young people motivated. It is essential to bet on the full potential and success of our young people, ”says Éric Milette, President of TREM.
The data in the regional report were also divided by MRC in order to paint a more precise portrait for each of the territories.
Thus, in Trois-Rivières, 12% of the adult population does not have a diploma compared to 26% who have a university diploma. We note all the same that since 2006, the number of non-graduates has been declining, while the rate of professional, college and university diplomas is constantly increasing.
It is also estimated that 16.3% of young people are at high risk of dropping out of school. At the same time, the high school graduation rate is 80.2%.
63% of young people have a job during the school year compared to the regional average of 67.9%. The level of social support at school and the high level of belonging to the school are also above regional and provincial averages.
Four other leaflets will be released in the next four months, one per month. These will focus on rurality, international students, youth and employment, as well as higher education.
Note that the information collected for this new situation portrait does not, however, include data related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A future portrait on school perseverance will show the impacts of the current situation.
The consequences of dropping out of school
The Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie, Jean Boulet, is worried about the consequences of dropping out of school on the economic development of the regions of Quebec.
The TREM document shows in particular that the employment rate of people without a high school diploma is 33.9%, while the employment rate rises to 54.1% for those with a diploma. secondary studies. This rate rises to 68.9% and 73.3% for people holding a vocational or college diploma and a university degree, respectively.
“Adults without a high school diploma are also more likely to have low levels of literacy and numeracy skills. It can affect the possibility of finding a quality job. It concerns me as a minister. It’s important to focus on the importance of graduation. It also promotes the expression of opinions and community involvement. It is everyone’s business ”, underlines Minister Boulet.