The number of children leaving school without a diploma has fallen again, according to education ministry figures.
At the end of the 2012 school year around 36,000 children left school with no qualifications, a 6% drop on 2011 and half the number ten years ago.
Education minister Jet Bussemaker told the Nos television qualifications are crucial. ‘It means a strong position in the jobs market and less change of being unemployed or becoming caught up in criminality,’ she said.
The government wants to reduce the number of school drop-outs to a maximum 25,000 by 2016 by improving how absenteeism is dealt with and encouraging businesses to provide more work experience places.