Dropouts fall during COVID, but still high in some courses

College dropout rates in Ireland fell in the first year of COVID, but one in six freshers are still abandoning computing and certain other courses, writes Katherine Donnelly for

High dropout levels from information and communications technology (ICT) programmes and courses in the services field, such as transport, are a continuing feature of the first-year experience.

New data tracks whether students who entered college in 2019 moved on to second year, or on to another course in the same college in September 2020. Overall, non-progression for the first-year class of 2019-20 was 9%, down from 12% the previous year. It was the fourth year of a downward trend, according to a Higher Education Authority report.
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