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August 13, 2021 Friday 08:20:30 AM IST

New Zealand to Deal with 'Truancy Crisis' to Prevent School Dropout Rate

MPs in New Zealand worried over falling attendance in schools described as the 'truancy crisis' is conducting an inquiry into the issue. About 40% of students don't go to school regularly and in May this year 60,000 students were declared chronically absent. National Party education spokesman Paul Goldsmith says the situation is only getting worse. Goldsmith said the inquiry would get to the bottom of the scale of the problem and look into effective efforts to counteract it both here and overseas. At presently  only three out of five kids are attending school regularly which is shocking for policy makers.  It is alleged that allocation for education in the budget is inadequate and especially for dealing with truancy.