She emphasised how the data collection methodology is still flawed and that one should be cautious when making conclusion based on the existing data and notes there is a systemic solution to the problem of drop-out, but it has not yet been fully implemented. And that is, above all, to treat education as a priority of our society, not only declaratively but also essentially, which implies much higher allocations from the budget and inter-sectoral cooperation. She also emphases that we cannot expect from schools to substitute systemic shortcomings if we as a society do not value education and points out the role of teachers and teacher training as one of the keys to success: “Every teacher should understand the contextual and all other factors faced by a child coming from a deprived environment. Also, every teacher should believe and show with his work that education is important both for getting out of poverty and for the overall socio-economic development of the country.”
You can read more abot the state of the art in Serbia regarding equity in eduction in the national report and policy brief available here.