178 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of students who drop out of school between primary and secondary; the procedures in place to ensure that all primary school children progress to second level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10372/00]
Written Answers. - Early School Leavers.
My Department is currently in the process of planning to extend the range of data gathered as part of the development of a comprehensive database on individual primary school pupils. The new database will provide critical information to support the implementation of policies and will also provide data for research and policy development purposes.
At present, my Department does not have a comprehensive database on pupils in the primary school sector and unfortunately therefore, the information sought by the Deputy is not available.