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The number of students who dropped out of university, junior college or another tertiary institution between April and December due to the COVID-19 pandemic rose by around 40% from a year earlier to 1,937, a survey by the education ministry showed Tuesday.

The figure accounted for 0.06% of all students. The number of such dropouts came to 1,367 in the April-December period the previous year, or 0.05% of all students.

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