The raising of school leaving age
(often shortened to ROSLA) is an act brought into force when the legal age a child is allowed to leave compulsory education
increases. In most countries, the school leaving age
reflects when young people are seen to be mature enough within their society
, but not necessarily when they are old enough to be regarded as an adult.
There are several reasons why a Government
may wish to raise the school leaving age. It may be due to a lack of skilled labour in the country, or it may simply be a way of reducing a country's unemployment figures.
The school leaving age was raised from 16 to 18 following a law change on 17 July 2007. The change will be implemented within three years of the law being passed. In the 2005-6 school year 5.6% of students left school before the age of 18, mostly at age 16; the dropout rate was highest amongst Bedouin
(9.8%) and lowest amongst Jewish
The current age which a child can leave compulsory education in the state of New South Wales
was raised to 17 in May 2009. The Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt
stated "all the research shows that if students either get their Higher School Certificate or an equivalent vocational qualification, then their employment opportunities in later life are far greater and so is their income-earning capacity." She mentions... Read More