The number of Dutch students between 15 to 25-year-old leaving school without at least a basic diploma, has declined in the Netherlands over the past decade. According to figures by the Dutch Central Statistical Office (CBS).
Nearly one in ten youngsters aged 15 to 25 were not in school last year and had no HAVO, VWO or MBO certificate. That share was still 15 percent in 2001. The percentage of school graduates is inadequate among boys (13 percent) than girls (7 percent).
Unemployment among Dutch school leavers with no qualifications is almost twice as high among young people who are qualified enough irrespective of the economic situation.
Thus, in 2008, when the economy was still running well, unemployment among school leavers without a diploma was at 8% compared with 4% among their qualified peers. In the crisis year of 2009 these shares increased to 7 and 12 percent, according to CBS.
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