Solution to Truancy $3000 fine?
Minister orders action on truants
The Government is demanding urgent action on truancy amid revelations that officials have little or no idea how many thousands of children cut class each day.
Education Minister Anne Tolley is instructing staff in her ministry to survey schools immediately to gauge national truancy rates and brief her on the fight against non-attendance. Officials admit the latest national truancy figures up to 30,000 children each week are nearly three years old.
There are various reasons why truancy is on the increase, on the one hand schools are less safe, we had a report out at the end of last year that showed we are one of the most bullied school populations in the OECD and this adds with the schools trigger happy view towards suspending kids at the first sniff of trouble to protect their precious reputations. National’s kneejerk dog whistle solution to this problem was rammed through Parliament under their misuse of urgency in their first 2 weeks by shockingly pushing the truancy fines from $400 to $3000.