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  • School leavers with no qualifications made up between 16 and 19 percent of all school leavers from 1991 to 2000.
  • As a proportion of school leavers with no qualifications, students under 16 who were granted exemptions to leave school increased from 3 percent in 1993, to 21 percent in 1996, and to 32 percent in 2000.
  • Although total numbers of school leavers are evenly matched in terms of gender, males regularly comprised 56 to 58 percent of school leavers with no qualifications.
  • Māori students are over-represented among school leavers with no qualifications, forming between 16 and 18 percent of all school leavers yet between 36 and 39 percent of school leavers with no qualifications.
  • Pacific students are over-represented among school leavers with no qualifications, forming 6 to 7 percent of all school leavers yet 9 to 10 percent of school leavers with no qualifications.
  • Since 1993, 220,000 young people aged 16 to 24 years have enrolled in Skill New Zealand training programmes. Each year between 93 and 97 percent of these young people were without any formal school qualifications.
  • The proportion of Māori enrolling in Skill New Zealand training programmes has increased annually, with Māori forming the largest ethnic group since 1994.
  • Each year from 1994 to 2000, the approximately 6,000 tertiary students under 25 years with no school qualifications formed between 5 and 6 percent of all students in this age group enrolled at tertiary institutions.
  • At least 90 percent of all tertiary students under 25 years with no qualifications were enrolled at polytechnics between 1994 and 2000.
  • Tertiary students without any school qualifications are more likely to opt for part-time study than other students, with between 35 and 40 percent enrolling part time between 1994 and 2000.
  • Between 30 and 40 percent of young people aged 15 to 24 years who receive an unemployment benefit are without any school qualifications.
  • Approximately 55 to 60 percent of domestic purposes beneficiaries aged between 15 and 24 years do not have any formal school qualifications.
  • As unemployment rates for the 15 to 19 age group began to fall from 1994, the annual rate of school leavers with no qualifications rose from 16 percent in 1994 to 19 percent in 1996.
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