41% increase in Early School Leavers

Since 1999 the rate of teenagers leaving school before age 16 has leapt 41%.

Figures released yesterday by Katherine Rich showed the number of secondary students allowed to leave school before they turned 16 had increased by 41 per cent since 1999. Exemptions were granted to 2802 students in 1999 and 3957 last year.

Surprise, surprise, The Ministry of Education is cracking down on the under-16 school-leavers after admitting too many did not make it into work or other training.

Fantastic, they left school early under an exemption because they had somewhere to go and then they either never got there or didn't complete the training or the job. Nice!!!