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article imageHundreds Of Thousands Of UK Children Drop Out Of School Each Year For No Reason

By Michelle Duffy     Jul 3, 2007 in World
If we didn't have enough to think about with terror from a foreign source, it appears that we should also be looking towards our own children, so the government wants to raise the school leaving age to clamp down on teenage crime
Each year, over 200,00 young people drop out of school early and become bored quickly - no future, no training and no job to look forward to, they quickly drift into a life of crime, violence and self destruction. So to stop this, the government wants all UK children to stay at school for longer.
Would actually making our children stay in full time education, a school environment and a uniform save them from being drawn into a life of crime?
Well, that's the firm belief of the charity, Rathbone, which is a support group aiming to keep in view the needs of young people who are not attending mainstream schools. They believe that such people should be allowed to access training which will help them deal with lie after school.
The charity known for its support for teenagers leaving school said that it was important to "understand the diversity and complexity of need" of pupils dropping out early.
It is already been considered by the UK government to raise the school leaving age to 18 by 2013. It has been decided on since issues have been raised in Parliament that most teenage crime happens when children have left school at an early age.
Yet Rathbone has already jumped on the crisis of 'drop outs' in the UK and has devised, along with the Nuffield Review which looked at the education of 14 to 19 year olds, and produced an inquiry to try and discover why these children are not in full time education when they should be. This group of vulnerable individuals have been named "Neets," which stands for 'not in education, employment or training.'
Head of the leading charity is Richard Williams. He said of the problem,
"There is a danger a lot of young people will become criminalised by the introduction of a legal requirement to attend."
Along with his statement. Dr Hayward of the Nuffield Review said,
"We're alarmed by enforcement and what implications this might have. There's a danger we're going to create a situation where we have mass truancy after the age of 16."
Yet both charities are at the heart of support for these young people and despite the challenge that lies ahead of them they are determined to meet the needs of these young people.
Until then, both groups will work to find out why kids see no point in carrying on the last few years of their education - undoubtedly the most important years of school life. The results will be reported back sometime around October 2008.
We pretty much know what the answer will be - it is in their teens that many children will discover that the world offers them very little, so who do we blame for that?
That is a question unfortuantely, the report won't probably answer...
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