The difference between a child from a low socioeconomic background and one from a high socioeconomic background in the 3rd grade is almost equivalent to nearly two years of schooling. School dropout becomes more noticeable among Spanish girls, boys, and adolescents whose families are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. In Spain, the existence of a public education system might lead to the assumption that all minors are guaranteed access to free and quality education, but unfortunately, that's not always the case.
One in three Spanish children are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, and the socio-economic conditions of their families have an impact on their education. This is demonstrated by the fact that 16.7% of students were forced to drop out of school prematurely, according to a study conducted by the Center for Economic Policy at Esade (EsadeEcPol).
Moreover, this piece reveals how the difference in income and socioeconomic status between two children of the same age affects their educational level. For instance, the difference between a child from a low socioeconomic background and one from a high background, in a course like 3rd grade, especially in subjects such as Mathematics and Language, equates to nearly a two-year gap in schooling.
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