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    Default Teens leaving school early

    Huge increase in teens leaving school before 16
    12:30PM Wednesday April 18, 2007

    Nearly 4000 teenagers have been granted exemptions to leave school before they turn 16, new figures show.

    National today revealed a 42 per cent increase in the numbers since 1999 and says it is a worrying trend.

    National's education spokesman Katherine Rich said today answers to parliamentary questions showed that 2802 students were granted exemptions in 1999 and this had risen to 3957 in 2006.

    "It is worrying that the rate is so high, because leaving school early is linked to poor outcomes later in life," Ms Rich said.

    "There are some successful exceptions to the rule, but most students leaving this early will have limited opportunities due to their lack of education."

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    Wonder how many of those kids have been told by their parents that they can't have a car until they have got a job? Wonder if many would have stayed at school (another year, at least) if they knew they could not drive until they were 17 or 18?

    It is a big thing here for 15 year old boys in particular to get their licence and a car to show off ... and it is awful for the parents (I know from experience).

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