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At What Age?...are school children employed, married & taken to court?

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States have an immediate obligation to provide compulsory primary education. While the majority of States have made progress in enacting laws that affirm this right, implementation varies and is often undermined by contradictory laws on the minimum age to leave school, enter into employment, get married and be criminally responsible. RTE's 2011 report, At What Age? highlights some of these contradictions.


Please share your views on the following questions:

  • In your experience, what strategies have been used to address these contradictions?
  • What suggestions would you have for a more coherent approach to compulsory education and minimum ages?
  • How can information on legislation concerning minimum ages be used to support legal and social action for more effective implementation of compulsory education?


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