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Learn­ing is a child’s job

Par­ents are re­spon­si­ble for it hap­pen­ing

Ed­u­ca­tion is the foun­da­tion for a wealthy life

doesn’t make head­lines like the un­em­ploy­ment rate.

That’s a shame, be­cause an un­em­ploy­ment rate of 5.7 per cent would seem to sug­gest we live in a work­ers’ par­adise, which clearly we don’t.

The un­der­util­i­sa­tion rate in­cludes not only the of­fi­cially un­em­ployed, but also part-time work­ers who want more hours, peo­ple want­ing work who aren’t avail­able to start to­mor­row, and peo­ple not look­ing for work as ac­tively as the Gov­ern­ment be­lieves they should be.

And, in June last year, it was 12.8 per cent.

Who are the peo­ple counted in this tragic statis­tic?

The easy an­swer is or­di­nary peo­ple, but there’s a heck of a lot more of peo­ple from cer­tain groups be­ing ‘‘un­der­utilised’’ by em­ploy­ers.

Over­all, New Zealand doesn’t rate too badly.

At 12.8 per cent, New Zealand’s un­der­util­i­sa­tion rate in June last year was lower than av­er­age of 14.1 per­cent in all of the OECD club of rich coun­tries against which we like to com­pare our­selves.

Aus­tralia’s was 21.8 per cent. The UK’s was 11.2 per cent.

But some of us are liv­ing with a labour mar­ket that is far more like one of those hot Euro­pean coun­tries that gets called a bas­ket­case, has a na­tional debt that makes its fi­nance min­is­ter cry, and which peo­ple only want to go to on hol­i­day, not to live.

The un­der­util­i­sa­tion rate for Maori was 22.8 per cent.

That’s about the same as Por­tu­gal, which has a head­line un­em­ploy­ment rate that’s dou­ble New Zealand’s.

For Pa­cific Is­land peo­ple the un­der­util­i­sa­tion rate was 18.8 per cent. That’s the same as Turkey’s.

For peo­ple with no qual­i­fi­ca­tions, the un­der­util­i­sa­tion rate was 30.4 per cent.

That’s higher even than Spain and Greece.

This is why fam­i­lies need to take their chil­dren’s school years se­ri­ously, and talk to their chil­dren about why school mat­ters.

Chil­dren need to know this stuff. They thirst for knowl­edge. It’s their fu­ture. Ed­u­ca­tion is the foun­da­tion for that fu­ture.

I com­pletely agree that peo­ple can suc­ceed in life with­out pass­ing school cert, but why make life harder than it needs to be?


First school, and then the stars!

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