An unpopular opposition policy to punish early school leavers in New Zealand took an unlikely twist when the singer’s fans got involved
It started with a plan floated by New Zealand’s opposition party to fine early school-leavers. Somehow it ended with an unlikely campaign to keep pop star – and high-school dropout – Lorde out of jail.
Last week domestic media reported the opposition National party was considering fining the parents of early-school leavers NZ$3,000 if it won next year’s election. The fine would apply to the parents of students who were not progressing onto further study or employment. It is currently legal to leave high school at 16 in New Zealand.