Education

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 25th August 1999.

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Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Question S1W-910

To ask the Scottish Executive how many higher and further education students have fallen ill during their studies and been unable to continue with their course as a result, in 1998-99 and the previous three academic years.

Photo of Henry McLeish Henry McLeish Labour

Information is not collected centrally on further education or higher education students attending Further Education institutions who fall ill during their studies. However, this information is available for students in Higher Education Institutions, and is given in the table below. Information for 1998-99 is not yet available.

Students do not continue with their studies for a variety of reasons which can be complex in nature. The information shown below is for the main reason cited by the student or presumed by the institution. Deceased students are not included with those who gave health reasons as the cause of leaving without completing the course.

Students who left Higher Education Institutions in Scotland without Completing their Course1 who gave ‘Health2 Problems’ as the Reason for Leaving: 1995-96 to 1997-98

Academic Year

Post- graduate

First Degree

Sub Degree

Total HE

FE

TOTAL

1995-96

54

352

47

453

3

456

1996-97

59

298

81

438

2

440

1997-98

68

282

88

438

4

442

1 This information can only provide an indication of the reason cited or presumed for a student leaving.

2 Excludes ‘death’.

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