Quarter of NZ students quit early

The Press 10/09/2009

More than a quarter of Kiwi teenagers quit school early, new figures show. New Zealand has the second-worst drop-out rate in the developed world. However, a visiting American expert says a mentoring scheme could improve those figures. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) yesterday released its annual Education at a Glance report. It shows 26.9 per cent of New Zealanders aged 15 to 19 are not in education. The OECD average is 15.7 per cent, and only Turkey (55.4 per cent) is higher. In New Zealand, 17.6 per cent of 15 to 19-years-olds are in employment more than double the 8.6 per cent OECD average.