Lunn concerned by report on school absenteeism rate

Alliance Education spokesperson, Trevor Lunn MLA, has expressed his concern at the rate of absenteeism among school pupils. The Public Accounts Committee report found that 20,000 pupils were absent for six weeks or more.

Trevor Lunn MLA said: “I am very concerned that so many children are missing such a large number of school days. It is vital that pupils attend as many classes as possible to improve their education.

“The Education Minister must get to grips with this issue. We cannot have so many children absent for so many classes. However, I believe that parents have the primary responsibility for ensuring their children attend school.

“I would also hope that the Department of Education will look at absenteeism as a factor in the educational underachievement of Protestant boys.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *