Age

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A Level 2 qualification gives people opportunities in terms of further education and employment, contributing to better health outcomes and a better quality of life.

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18-year-olds with a minimum of NCEA level 2 or equivalent, by the age they left school (2018)
Group Left school at
age 15
Left school at
age 16
Left school at
age 17
Left school at
age 18 or above
Level 2 or above Percentage with Level 2 or above Level 2 or above Percentage with Level 2 or above Level 2 or above Percentage with Level 2 or above Level 2 or above Percentage with Level 2 or above
Female 94 29.3 456 55.0 3,630 94.7 4,746 95.5
Male 98 24.6 589 47.2 3,680 90.9 4,724 92.8
Māori 89 31.8 285 45.7 1,034 85.0 1,043 92.5
Pacific 61 23.9 238 39.0 1,626 87.2 2,034 92.7
Asian 11 19.6 93 53.8 1,566 96.0 2,541 92.5
MELAA 1 7.1 26 48.1 205 95.3 384 91.4
Other 2 100.0 9 64.3 42 82.4 84 92.3
European/Pākehā 64 29.9 561 60.3 3,703 96.0 4,439 96.9
Total 192 26.7 1,045 50.3 7,310 92.8 9,470 94.1

Notes:

  1. The data in the above table relates only to the cohort of 18 year-olds; the age in the table is the age on their last day at school.
  2. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian students. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed. 'na' = not applicable.
  3. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  4. International fee-paying students are excluded.