June 27, 2013
Truant numbers dropping
The number of children dropping out of school before they are 16 is declining, but Māori are still disproportionately represented in the total.
Latest figures from the Ministry of Education show the ministry granted just 313 early leaving exemptions last year.
That compares with 655 in 2008, the year the ministry tightened its rules after losing almost 4000 under-age students the previous year.
So far this year there have been 165 leavers, more than half of them Māori.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has expressed concerns that New Zealand's overall school dropout rate, which includes all who do not complete upper secondary , is almost 34 per cent, more than double the European Union average of 15 per cent.
Kua puru te tai ō ngā tauira e wehe wawe ana i te kura
Kei te heke haere ngā tatauranga e pā ana ki te tokomaha ō ngā taiohi e wehe atu ana i te kura i mua i te ekenga ō rātou ki te pakeketanga tekau mā ono ngā tau.
E ai ki ngā tatauranga ā te Tāhuhu ō te Mātauranga, nō tērā tau, toru rau tekau mā toru ngā taiohi i wehe, engari, i te tau rua mano mā waru, e ono rau, e rima tekau mā rima kē i wehe i mua i te ekenga ki te tekau mā ono tau.
Ō te kotahi rau, ono tekau mā rima kua wehe i tēnei tau, neke atu i te haurua ō rātou, he Māori
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