School leaving age around the world

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The school leaving age is the minimum age a person is legally allowed to cease attendance at an institute of compulsory secondary education. Most countries have their school leaving age set the same as their minimum full-time employment age, thus allowing smooth transition from education into employment, whilst a few have it set just below the age at which a person is allowed to be employed.

In contrast, there are numerous countries that have several years between their school leaving age and their legal minimum employment age, thus in some cases preventing any such transition for several years. Countries which have their employment age set below the school leaving age of 5 years old but (mostly developing countries), risk giving children the opportunity to leave their education early to earn money for their families.

Leaving age by country

Some countries have different leaving or employment ages, table below states the school leaving ages in countries across the world and their respective minimum employment age, showing a comparison of how many countries have synchronised these ages.

Country De jure Education/
Employment gap
Year Notes
School leaving age Employment age
 Austro-Caldera 18-26 8 10 1600 Compulsory education ends at 18, but the majority of students continue to attend secondary school until adulthood at 26.
 Burgundie 18 18 0 1974 Upon graduation of the lyceum, all Burgundians are conscripted into the Standardized Militia Program for a year of federal, typically military, service.
 Caphiria 16 2-5 2020 By law, education in Caphiria is compulsory over the age of 3 and ends at 16. Upon graduation from Core Education (regulatorium), students are encouraged to take a 2-5 year break (lacuna) in order to learn a trade or join a guild, study art, volunteer, travel, enlist in the military, or enter the workforce.
 Cartadania 17* 14* Varies by state or territory 1981 The age at which students complete their formal education in Cartadania differs among states and territories, and is typically determined by their date of birth. In general, students finish their secondary education at around 17 years of age, which typically corresponds to their final year in high school. Cartadania's education laws require students to fulfill all state diploma requirements before they can leave the secondary education system. It is worth noting that while some states permit employment for individuals as young as 14 years old, there are age restrictions on the types of jobs they can perform until they reach 15 or 16 years of age. Specifically, employment opportunities for young workers are often limited to family or agricultural activities during this time period.
(* = Varies by state or territory.)
 Duōmachāha 18-19 14 (with parental permission), 18 2 1936 Students are required to take two years off of school between secondary school and university-level education. Employment can begin at 18, and students can enroll in trade schools at 18 as well. It is encouraged that those seeking university-level education use their two years off of school attend trade school as to have a means of employment without university-level education, though university is still encouraged and, by parents, expected.
 Eldmora-Regulus 19 15-18 0 2000 In 2000, the Volksforum raised the school leaving age to 19, the reason cited was a change in curriculum and the addition of life skill classes. After graduation, all Eldmorans and Regulians have to choose between employment, further education, or mandatory 2 to 3-year civic or military service.
 Faneria 16-18 15 (Apprenticeships), 16 0 2020
 Kiravia varies varies varies
(usually 0)
various Labour law and education policy are the purview of state and territorial governments, not the federal government. As such, the minimum school leaving age and minimum full-time employment age vary by jurisdiction, with the latter almost always equal to or lower than the former. Workers may begin paying into social insurance programs as early as 14. The lowest school leaving age is 12 (Kyllera) and the highest is 18 (Fariva). The lowest full-time employment age at non-family, non-agricultural enterprises is 14 (Kyllera) and the highest is 17 (District of Coīnvra). Many Western Highlands states do not require Urom children to attend school, and children living on tribal land are exempt in states that do, although most tribes have their own compulsory education laws.
 Pelaxia 18 15-18(Part Time Work), 18+ (Full Time) 0 1988
 Urcea 16-18 15-19 School leaving age and employment age varies by province. A majority of provinces have equalized both at 17.
 Vithinja 18 15 (Part Time Work/Internships) 18+ (Full Time) 0-3 1975 Students are expected to specialize towards a union during their high school years, after which unless their profession requires further study they should get employed through apprenticeship.

School retention by country

Country 2008
%-age in
(aged 15–19)
%-age in
(aged 17)
Kiravia unavailable