Pupil absenteeism levels lowest for five years
SCHOOL attendance rates have improved marginally new figures show.
However 100,000 children are still missing 20 days or more each year.
New figures from the National Educational Welfare Board for the 2010/11 year show that 100,000 children are still missing 20 days or more each year
Better attendance between 2009/10 and 2010/11 translated into 500 more primary pupils and 300 more post-primary students turning up every day.
The 2010/11 figures shows that in primary schools 6.1pc of total student days were lost through absenteeism, down from 6.2pc the previous year.
At post-primary level, 7.8pc of school days were lost in 2010/11, compared with 7.9pc in 2009/10.
The figures for 20 day absences have fallen in both primary and post-primary, and in post-primary were at their lowest for five years.
About 11pc of primary students were missing for 20 days or more in 2010.11, amounting to over 56,000 pupils.
At post-primary level, the 20-day absence rate was 16.5pc, which translates into over 51,000 students.