The Liffey Press in association with The ESRI, NCCA & Department of Education & Science
Byrne, Delma; Smyth, Emer, No Way Back? The Dynamics of Early School Leaving, Dublin, The Liffey Press in association with The ESRI, NCCA & Department of Education & Science, 2010
Education is a key determinant of adult life chances across Western
societies and is especially so in Ireland. Young people with higher
levels of educational qualifications are more likely to access high
quality employment and receive higher pay levels in the immediate
period after leaving school, and these advantages persist into adult
life. Furthermore, more highly educated adults have broader social
advantages, including improved health status (Smyth and McCoy,
2009). While the majority of Irish young people now stay on in education
until the Leaving Certificate stage, a significant minority still
leave school before the end of senior cycle, with a smaller but persistent
proportion leaving during the junior cycle or even earlier (Byrne
et al., 2009).
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