Truancy leads to troubles
While I never enjoyed my time at school, there was not a day that I did not attend.
The local policeman in my neck of the woods would have dragged me back to school, and told my parents, if he found me out of class and that was enough to keep me there.
It really is frustrating to me that I see a number of students wandering the streets when they should be at school.
Some have legitimate reasons for being about, but most are just not attending.
Truancy and offending go hand in hand, as demonstrated by a number of youth files that pass over my desk, with that common theme.
I read a recent article on stuff.co.nz that there are around 29,000 students on any given day that are not attending school, and 2300 are missing from the school system through long-term truancy. This is unacceptable, and while truancy services do their best to get children to school, it’s ultimately up to parents to make sure their kids are attending.
Are you aware that your child is attending school? When they walk out the front door and set off to school do you know they’re actually turning up?
Parents, I know you lead busy lives, but you must ensure your child is going to school every day.
Ensure the school has your daytime contact details, so they can call or text you if your child is not there.
If you’re concerned your child may be truant, ring the school to check. If your child is refusing to attend school find out why.
Legally, they must attend school until they’re aged 16.
Caring members of the community can also contribute to reducing truancy. If you notice school-age children hanging out in a particular area during school hours, tell someone.
If they’re dressed in school uniform, contact that particular school or the police.
We all know how bored children get at the best of times and by not being at school this only creates a greater chance of them getting into trouble.
It’s an old saying, but the children are the future, and if they’re not attending school then the future looks pretty bleak.