A survey released recently by Tokyo’s folk orphans relief organization “Football Chief Yuying Club” shows that about a quarter of Japanese college students “have considered dropping out of school” due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. Japan’s Daily News reported on the 5th that the survey was mainly aimed at high school students and college students who have won the “Football Education Association” scholarship.
20.9% of the college students surveyed said that they had “slightly considered dropping out of school”, 4.1% said that they had seriously considered dropping out of school, 0.7% of the respondents said they were “thinking dropping out of school”, 4.5% said they had “consideted dropping out of school”, and 0.5% of the respondents had “sent to school”.
Regarding the reasons for dropping out of school, 11.5% of the college students surveyed said that they “did not have the will and motivation to learn”, and 6.2% said that they could not pay tuition due to the reduction of family income.
A person in charge of the Football Club said that the life of college students in Tokyo and Kansai has become more difficult due to the epidemic, and many college students are “going through a meal a day”.
Compared with January this year, about half of the college students interviewed in September said that the income from working was reduced or even no.
It is understood that the “Football Education Association” aims to provide scholarships to orphans who have lost their parents due to illness or natural disasters. The agency plans to provide 7,612 students with a “year-end emergency assistance fund of 200,000 yen ($2k) per person this year.