Fewer school dropouts in the Netherlands

The number of children leaving school without any qualifications has dropped by 50 per cent in ten years in the Netherlands.

School dropouts have gone from 71,000 ten years ago to 38,600 today and the government hopes to reduce the number to 25,000 by 2016.

The dropout rate among immigrant children is particularly low, with only 2.2 per cent of boys and 1.5 per cent of girls leaving school without qualifications.