I agree with your comments regarding the increase in the number of students completing K-12, however... Whenever a child fails to complete K-12 education data indicate that they are more likely to go to jail, commit crimes,use an inordinate amount of social services, marry someone who has failed to complete their education, have children who fail to complete school, etc. In other words, complete a cycle of poverty and ignorance. A student who fails to complete their primary education becomes a drain on their society.In the United States, we talk about the school to prison pipeline. As society becomes more dependent on the developing world, the completion of primary education needs to have a spotlight shown on it.