Truancy is more than

a political soundbite

Political parties are falling over themselves to provide solutions to our truancy rates. Aaron Hendry explains why we need to move away from viewing schools as simply educational institutions - and how. 

Recent data detailing a significant drop in school attendance has highlighted the continued challenge we’re facing just getting our kids to school.

In term three last year, under half of our rangatahi enrolled in school, made it to class. That’s 46 percent of young people attending school regularly. School attendance has been dropping for a while now with attendance dropping from 70 percent in 2015 to only 58 percent in 2019, before rising to 64 percent in 2020 and then dropping again to 60 percent in 2021.

Regular attendance is defined as a young person going to school 90 percent of the time.

Link to article: Truancy is more than a political soundbite (msn.com)


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