Thursday 23 November 2017

One in 10 schools fail to provide record of absences, says report

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

One in 10 schools are still not providing information about absenteeism levels among the 80,000 pupils on their rolls, according to a report from the Comptroller and Auditor General.

The data that is being provided to the National Educational Welfare Board is not comprehensive enough to deal with all students who are regarded as being "at risk", the report states.

Periodic return made by schools during 2008/09 only captured about 61pc of absences in excess of 20 days.

The report also found a gap between the number of children for whom support is required and the capacity of the NEWB to respond to their needs.

Irish Independent

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