The education leaving age or the dropping out age or the school leaving age is the minimum school leaving arrangements of a person.
In most countries, the school leaving age does not only mean the minimum age a person is legally allowed to drop out of compulsory secondary education but also marks the age where full-time employment is deemed acceptable.
The average school leaving age around the world is 13.7 years.
A person’s school leaving age depends on where they live.
Upon a person’s departure from schooling, he or she can do one of the following:
Unfortunately, in countries such as Bangladesh, Laos, and Madagascar, the school leaving age is just at 10 years old while in Burma and Pakistan, students can opt to stop schooling even as early as 9 years old.
On the other hand, the governments of England and Wales have proposed a new legislation to delay students’ transition from childhood to adulthood. According to public officials, the raising of school leaving age (ROSLA) provides several key advantages:
“...it's not just learning that's important. It's learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn things that matters.” --- Norton Juster, professor emeritus of design at Hampshire College
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