Paper Title
Causes and Solutions of School Dropout: A Case Study in Lower Secondary Schools of Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia

The school dropout rate in lower secondary education is high and increasing in Cambodia [1]. This research aimed at addressing the causes and solutions of school dropouts in lower secondary schools (grade 7-9) in Kampong Speu province. This qualitative research was conducted by using a case study of two lower secondary schools in the province of Kampong Speu. Participants from both urban and rural areas were totally twelve people, including school principals, teachers, parents, and dropout students. This study collected data by using interview and observation and used content analysis to analyze data. This study found many factors of school dropouts, including low students’ level, low school level, and low community level, and the results of this study presented practical solutions for school dropout, including automatic promotion program, supportive climate and flexible school schedule. The results of the study are expected to help all educational stakeholders such as parents, teachers, ministry of education, especially the government of Cambodia to be more aware of students’ academic performance and practical solutions so as to decrease school dropout rate. Keywords - School Dropout, Cambodian Education, Socioeconomic Status