More than 3 million young people in the European Union have been in a college or university, but have stopped education at some point, according to Eurostat data for 2016. At the same time, more than 30 million young people graduated. The reasons for interruption of education are different. Nearly 25% prefer to work instead of studying. Another 22% decide that education programs are uninteresting and do not meet their needs.
Almost 18% of the young people leave the education system for difficulty in studying the material. On the other hand, nearly 10% say they have left for family reasons. About 7% were financially handicapped, and another 5% had health problems.
For family reasons, education is more often interrupted by women than men (16% vs 6%). Women also report health problems more frequently (6% vs 4%).
Men leave colleges more for their willingness to work (28% vs 21%) and learning difficulties (20% vs 16%).
The data for Bulgaria in these statistics are incomplete, it being clear that the interrupted higher education is 7.9%.