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Casinos Blamed for Rise in High School Dropouts

25 February 2005

MACAU – As reported by Eastday: "Macau's education authorities have observed a sharp fall in the number of students in high schools and blamed the increasing number of casinos for the serious dropout phenomenon.

"According to latest figures from the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, 95,485 students were enrolled in Macau's 89 schools offering compulsory education in the new semester, which indicated a loss of 2,777 students over the corresponding period of last year.

"…The bureau estimated that hundreds of high school students left school to pursue jobs in casinos last year, when four casinos came on stream offering thousands of job opportunities…"

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