Govt rejects Blayney’s call for truancy officers
The State Government has rejected Geraldton MP Ian Blayney’s call for dedicated truancy officers and a hotline to report unsupervised children wandering around during the school day.
Minister for Racing and Gaming Paul Papalia, representing Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, said the Government was confident the Keeping Kids in School program and badged attenfor dance officer appointments were sufficient to deal with the problem.
Mr Blayney said the truancy problem in Geraldton was “gradually getting worse,” and there needed to be a number people to call when they spotted unsupervised youth during school hours.
Currently, if shop staff see an unsupervised youth during the day, they are encouraged to contact the child’s school.