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Ogilvy: More under-16s allowed to leave school

Published: Tue 26 Oct 2004 09:23 AM
Ogilvy: More under-16s allowed to leave school
United Future education spokesman Bernie Ogilvy has revealed a 37 % rise in the past five years in the number of students allowed to drop out of school before they reach the leaving age of 16.
The numbers jumped from 2802 in 1999 to 3842 last year, while just 11 years ago the number of leaving exemptions granted was a mere 314, Mr Ogilvy said.
He pointed out that in 1997, when current Education Minister Trevor Mallard was in Opposition, he had claimed that many of the students being granted exemptions were truants, and said that the then National-led Government was “basically relieving itself of any responsibility for these young people” in allowing so many exemptions.
“We don’t hear much from Mr Mallard on the issue these days as the numbers skyrocket under his watch,” Mr Ogilvy said.
A secondary school principal in Mr Mallard’s own electorate recently claimed that exempted students often quit their job or courses soon afterwards, leading them into crime and drugs, with little or no follow-up from the Ministry of Education.
“And in terms of the numbers dropping out, the argument that some kids just shouldn’t be in school just doesn’t wash. That should be no more the case than it was 10 year ago, and yet the numbers have risen ten-fold.
“What has changed is that behavioural problems are getting more serious, and I am concerned that exemptions are being used to allow rebellious students to quit school.
“Even if these students are moving into trades and the like, they still need qualifications in basic skills such as literacy and numeracy. I can’t see how this can occur if they are allowed to leave school before they have even sat level one NCEA.”
Early Leaving Exemptions
1/01/2003 To 31/12/2003
Breakdown by: School
Ambury Park Centre for Riding Therapy 1
Amuri Area School 1
Aorere College 13
Aotea College 16
Aquinas College 1
Aranui High School 36
Ashburton College 12
Athena Montessori College 1
Auckland Girls' Grammar School 3
Auckland Grammar 2
Avondale College 13
Avonside Girls' High School 6
Awatapu College 22
Bay of Islands College 11
Bayfield High School 19
Birkenhead College 10
Bishop Viard College 2
Blue Mountain College 1
Bream Bay College 6
Broadwood Area School 1
Buller High School 11
Burnside High School 22
Cambridge High School 14
Cambridge Middle School 4
Canterbury Christian College 1
Carey College 1
Carmel College 1
Cashmere High School 42
Catholic Cathedral College 2
Central Hawkes Bay College 6
Central Southland College 6
Christchurch Adventist School 1
Christchurch Boys' High School 4
Christ's College 1
Church College Of New Zealand 1
Collingwood Area School 2
Correspondence School 146
Cromwell College 1
Cullinane College 4
Dannevirke High School 9
Darfield High School 3
Dargaville High School 9
De La Salle College 7
Dilworth School 3
Dunstan High School 4
East Otago High School 3
Edgecumbe College 6
Edgewater College 24
Ellesmere College 2
Epsom Girls' Grammar School 1
Epuni Boys' Home School 1
Fairfield College 39
Feilding High School 13
Felix Donnelly College 2
Flaxmere College 13
Forest View High School 13
Francis Douglas Memorial College 7
Freyberg High School 25
Geraldine High School 3
Gisborne Boys' High School 21
Gisborne Girls' High School 8
Glendowie College 3
Glenfield College 7
Golden Bay High School 7
Gore High School 4
Green Bay High School 35
Greymouth High School 22
Hagley Community College 30
Halswell Residential College 3
Hamilton Boys' High School 10
Hamilton Christian School 1
Hamilton Girls' High School 8
Hamilton's Fraser High School 49
Hastings Boys' High School 10
Hastings Girls' High School 8
Hato Paora College 2
Hato Petera College 4
Hauraki Plains College 8
Havelock North High School 12
Hawera High School 13
Henderson High School 9
Heretaunga College 22
Hillcrest High School 7
Hillmorton High School 10
Hornby High School 13
Horowhenua College 11
Howick College 29
Huntly College 2
Hutt International Boys' School 1
Hutt Valley High School 15
Inangahua College 4
Inglewood High School 8
James Cook High School 52
James Hargest High School 14
John Paul College 2
John Paul II High School 2
Kaiapoi High School 19
Kaikorai Valley College 14
Kaikoura High School 2
Kaipara College 10
Kaitaia College 31
Kamo High School 29
Kapiti College 15
Karamu High School 18
Katikati College 6
Kawerau College 8
Kelston Boys' High School 11
Kelston Girls' High School 7
Kerikeri High School 11
Kings High School (Dunedin) 7
Kingsway School 1
Kuranui College 13
Lincoln High School 18
Lindisfarne College 1
Linwood College 24
Liston College 3
Logan Park High School 8
Long Bay College 19
Longburn Adventist College 1
Lynfield College 18
Lytton High School 28
Macleans College 2
Mahurangi College 10
Mairehau High School 29
Makoura College 12
Mana College 14
Manawatu College 5
Mangakahia Area School 2
Mangakino Area School 2
Mangere College 15
Maniototo Area School 1
Manurewa High School 49
Marcellin College 1
Marian College 2
Marlborough Boys' College 32
Marlborough Girls' College 18
Massey High School 20
Matamata College 17
McAuley High School 1
Melville High School 35
Menzies College 3
Mercury Bay Area School 3
Middleton Grange School 2
Morrinsville College 11
Motueka High School 16
Mountainview High School 18
Mt Albert Grammar School 23
Mt Anglem College 25
Mt Maunganui College 30
Mt Roskill Grammar 6
Naenae College 20
Napier Boys' High School 19
Napier Girls' High School 3
Nayland College 25
Nelson College 19
Nelson College For Girls 5
New Plymouth Boys' High School 18
New Plymouth Girls' High School 6
Newlands College 2
Ngaruawahia High School 8
Ngata Memorial College 2
Northcote College 2
Northern Southland College 2
Northland College 6
Okaihau College 6
Onehunga High School 20
Onewhero Area School 2
Onslow College 1
Opotiki College 14
Opunake High School 8
Orewa College 34
Otago Boys' High School 4
Otago Girls' High School 1
Otahuhu College 39
Otaki College 7
Otamatea High School 4
Otorohanga College 4
Otumoetai College 39
Oxford Area School 5
Paeroa College 4
Pakuranga College 18
Palmerston North Boys' High School 14
Palmerston North Girls' High School 8
Papakura High School 47
Papanui High School 24
Papatoetoe High School 14
Paraparaumu College 22
Patea High School 2
Penrose High School 13
Pinehurst School 1
Piopio College 4
Pleasant Point High School 3
Porirua College 18
Pukekohe High School 22
Putaruru College 1
Putaruru High School 9
Queen Charlotte College 4
Queen Elizabeth College 5
Queens High School 3
Raglan Area School 4
Rai Valley Area School 2
Rangiora High School 15
Rangiora New Life School 1
Rangitahi College 2
Rangitikei College 5
Rangitoto College 11
Rathkeale College 2
Reporoa College 2
Riccarton High School 10
Rodney College 4
Roncalli College 4
Rongotai College 2
Rosehill College 36
Rosmini College 1
Rotorua Boys' High School 20
Rotorua Girls' High School 12
Rotorua Lakes High School 13
Ruapehu College 7
Ruawai College 4
Rudolf Steiner School (Chch) 1
Rutherford College 16
Sacred Heart College (Auckland) 2
Sacred Heart College (Lower Hutt) 2
Sacred Heart College (Napier) 1
Sacred Heart Girls' College (Ham) 2
Sacred Heart Girls' College (N Plymouth) 1
Salisbury School (Nelson) 1
Selwyn College 17
Shirley Boys' High School 24
Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Senior Sch 7
South Otago High School 3
Southern Cross Campus 10
Southland Boys' High School 13
Southland Girls' High School 10
Spotswood College 35
St Andrew's Middle School (Hamilton) 2
St Bedes College 5
St Bernard's College 2
St Dominic's College (Henderson) 1
St John's College (Hastings) 1
St John's College (Hillcrest) 3
St Joseph's Maori Girls' College 1
St Kevins College (Oamaru) 2
St Mary's College (Wellington) 1
St Oran's College 1
St Patrick's College (Silverstream) 3
St Paul's College (Ponsonby) 7
St Peter's College (Gore) 1
St Peter's College (Palmerston North) 6
St Thomas of Canterbury College 2
Stratford High School 17
Sunset Junior High School 6
Taieri College 1
Taihape College 3
Taikura Rudolf Steiner School 1
Taipa Area School 4
Taita College 16
Takapuna Grammar School 8
Tamaki College 15
Tamatea High School 6
Tangaroa College 19
Taradale High School 11
Tararua College 8
Tauhara College 11
Taumarunui High School 15
Taupo-nui-a-Tia College 17
Tauranga Boys' College 29
Tauranga Girls' College 11
Tauraroa Area School 6
Tawa College 3
Te Aroha College 7
Te Awamutu College 21
Te Kauwhata College 6
Te Kuiti High School 7
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Hoani Waititi 1
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Huiarau 1
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Mangere 1
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Ruamata 1
Te Puke High School 25
Te Whanau-A-Apanui Area School 1
Te Wharekura O Arowhenua 1
Te Wharekura O Rakaumangamanga 2
Te Wharekura O Ruatoki 1
Temuka High School 8
Thames High School 7
The Taieri High School 9
Tikipunga High School 26
Timaru Boys' High School 13
Timaru Girls' High School 11
Tokomairiro High School 2
Tokoroa High School 10
Tolaga Bay Area School 1
Tongariro High School 3
Trident High School 14
Tuakau College 14
Tuatapere Community College 2
Turakina Maori Girls' College 1
Tweedsmuir Junior High School 2
Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti 1
Upper Hutt College 14
Verdon College 2
Villa Maria College 1
Waiheke High School 5
Waihi College 13
Waikato Diocesan School For Girls 1
Waimate High School 3
Waimea College 21
Wainuiomata High School 16
Waiopehu College 15
Wairarapa College 14
Wairoa College 8
Waitakere College 30
Waitaki Boys' High School 9
Waitaki Girls' High School 5
Waitara High School 10
Waiuku College 12
Wanganui City College 25
Wanganui Girls' College 3
Wanganui High School 19
Waverley High School 2
Wellington College 2
Wellington East Girls' College 1
Wellington High School & Com Ed Centre 5
Wesley College 1
Western Heights High School 27
Western Springs College 12
Westlake Boys' High School 6
Westlake Girls' High School 8
Westland High School 8
Westmount School 1
Whakatane High School 19
Whangamata Area School 4
Whangarei Boys' High School 29
Whangarei Girls' High School 17
Whangaroa College 2
William Colenso College 14
Last school not identified 323
Grand Total 3840

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