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School leaving age

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World map to show school leaving age

The school leaving age is the minimum age a person is legally allowed to leave compulsory secondary education. Most countries have their school leaving age set the same as their minimum full-time employment age, thus allowing smooth transition from education into employment, whilst a few have it set just below the age at which a person is allowed to be employed.

In contrast, there are numerous countries that have several years between their school leaving age and their legal minimum employment age, thus in some cases preventing any such transition for several years. Countries which have their employment age set below the school leaving age (mostly developing countries), risk giving children the opportunity to leave their education early to earn money for their families.

Leaving age by country

Some countries have different leaving or employment ages, but in certain countries like China and Japan, the average age at which people graduate is 15, depending upon part-time or full-time learning or employment. The table below states the school leaving ages in countries across the world and their respective minimum employment age, showing a comparison of how many countries have synchronised these ages. All information is taken from the Right to Education Project's table unless otherwise indicated.[1]

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Color legend Ages legend
  School leaving age higher
0 denotes education is not compulsory. (13) denotes part-time employment available from 13
  Employment age higher
0 denotes no minimum employment age as children could be, in theory, employed from birth
  Both ages synchronised
denotes no information available
  No information / No age set
? denotes the age set is unknown


Africa

# Country De jure Education/
Employment gap
Year Notes
School leaving age Employment age

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Asia

# Country De jure Education/
Employment gap
Year Notes
School leaving age Employment age

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Europe

# Country De jure Education/
Employment gap
Year Notes
School leaving age Employment age

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North America

# Country De jure Education/
Employment gap
Year Notes
School leaving age Employment age

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Oceania

# Country De jure Education/
Employment gap
Year Notes
School leaving age Employment age

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South America

# Country De jure Education/
Employment gap
Year Notes
School leaving age Employment age

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School retention by country

Country 2009
OECD[2]
1986
Michael Hill[3]
Percentage in
full-time
education
(aged 15-19)
Percentage in
full-time
education
(aged 17)
Minimum
leaving
age limit
23x15px Australia 78 50 15
23x15px Austria 84
23x15px Belgium 91 86 16
23x15px Brazil 70
23x15px Canada 80 79 15/16
23x15px Czech Republic 93
23x15px Denmark 89 75 16/17
23x15px Estonia 89
23x15px Finland 90 91 17
23x15px France 90 80 16
23x15px Germany 93 100 16
23x15px Greece 88 55 14.5
23x15px Hungary 93
Template:Country data Iceland 88 41 15
23x15px Ireland 83
Template:Country data Israel 69
23x15px Italy 84 46 14
Template:Country data Japan 91 15
23x15px Luxembourg 95
23x15px Mexico 61
23x15px Netherlands 90 87 16
23x15px New Zealand 73 54 15
23x15px Norway 81 76 16
OECD average 84
23x15px Poland 94
23x15px Portugal 85
23x15px Slovak Republic 91
23x15px Slovenia 94
23x15px Spain 80 53 14
23x15px Sweden 88 86 16
23x16px  Switzerland 85 83 15/16
23x15px Turkey 56
23x15px United Kingdom 78 49 16
23x15px United States 85 89 17

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Country Table - At What Age?...are school-children employed, married and taken to court". The Right to Education Project. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  2. ^ Skills beyond school. p. 343. OECD. 2011
  3. ^ Percentage in full-time education at 17 related to termination ages for compulsory education in various countries (1986) Social Policy: A comparative analysis by Michael Hill

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