Life with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tions

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - ROB STOCK

Don’t leave your child in any doubt about what school is for, and why its im­por­tant for them to suc­ceed.

What­ever their am­bi­tions in life, chil­dren have no choice but to at­tend school be­tween the ages of six and 16.

Not suc­ceed­ing is both a waste of their time, and means they have a high chance of liv­ing a pen­ni­less, hand-to-mouth ex­is­tence.

Just how shock­ingly bad it is for chil­dren’s fu­tures to leave school with no qual­i­fi­ca­tion is shown by data I stum­bled over when re­search­ing un­em­ploy­ment last week.

I’d been strug­gling to un­der­stand why it of­ten takes peo­ple so long to find a job when the un­em­ploy­ment rate is just 5.7 per cent.

I was hav­ing a Don­ald Trump mo­ment, find­ing it hard to be­lieve the of­fi­cial job­less rate.

I started ask­ing ques­tions.

The ques­tions took me to the ‘‘un­der­util­i­sa­tion’’ rate, which

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