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Updated: 14th November 2019 03:58 Calgary

Number of Albertans graduating high school increasing

There's been a slight increase in the number of students in Alberta who are finishing high school.

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Education Minister says more graduates is key to securing the province's economic future

There's been a slight increase in the number of students in Alberta who are finishing high school.

The latest numbers indicate about 74 percent of students got their diploma in 2011, which is a one percent increase from 2010.

Alberta's Education Minister Jeff Johnson says more high school students graduating is key to securing the province's economic future.

"It’s encouraging to see our rates increase year over year. Premier Redford has placed a priority on raising high school completion rates and government is working hard to help more young Albertans reach this important milestone," Johnson said. "Albertans expect this province to reach its full potential and more students finishing high school is key to securing a bright economic future for our province."

The number of drop-outs aged 14 to 18-years-old is down to 3.2 percent, which is lower than in previous years.

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