Cash incentives for students

than a third of a million 16-year-olds are being offered money to stay in
education, in an effort to end the high drop-out rate at that age.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), worth between £10 and £30 a week, will
be available to those from low-income families in England from September.

could also receive bonuses of £100 if they remain on the course and make good
progress. However, those who miss lessons will forfeit their right to a grant.

have been piloted across a third of the country since 1999. To qualify for the
allowance, young people must come from households with incomes of less than
£30,000 a year.

Government expects 350,000 teenagers to be eligible. Of these, around 70,000
are expected to take up the offer.

UK has one of the highest rates for leaving school at 16 in the developed

By Mike Berry

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