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From: McGlinn <>
Subject: Re: [nz] School Leaving age.
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:08:08 +1300
On 6/10/2011 4:27 p.m., Ainslie wrote:
> If its any help with your research - my grandfather left school
> (Sparbush, Invercargill) around the age of 13 and moved to Dunedin and
> subsequently headed off to England. I had wondered why so early but
> discovered this was the standard leaving age in NZ. In my
> grandfather's situation, he headed off to England to chase up the
> extended family and to enlist in the British India Army.
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My three sisters left school in the 1920s and early 1930s at age 12.
They all passed the proficiency exam in standard six, which gave them
the right to go to high school, As was true for most kids at that time,
our parents could not afford the fees high schools then charged. I
didn't start school until 1937, so by the time I reached high school
age, attendance at state high schools was free and compulsory, to age
15, and free right through to Form 7.