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Mature Students

by | 12th, January 2007

THE good news is that when you legally leave school you will be able to buy a packet of cigarettes and a bottle of cider to celebrate.

You will be able to appear before an adult court, get married without your parents’ consent, vote, place a bet in a super casino, buy fireworks, change your name and apply for a mortgage.


The less good news is that you will 18 years old. As the Times’ front page announces: “School leaving age goes up to 18.”

Of course, you can join the Army at 16 and learn how to kill, and for many this will be an attractive option, preferable to more hours in the classroom.

But you will have to so something. Children who do not remain at school beyond their 16th birthdays will either be made to go to college or take a job with a guaranteed training scheme.

This is the idea of Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary who left school at 15 with no qualifications. Imagine what he could have made of his life with an A-level in ancient history.

As the Times reports, the change in the law will mean 330,000 teenagers who currently leave school at 16 remaining in a secure institution.

How these extra bodies are catered for will concern Johnson and Gordon Brown, who intends to place this

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