Rotterdam pro-active on school truancy

30th September 2010, Comments 0 comments


Rotterdam Council is going to send officials to the homes of children playing truant from school. The council workers will pick the children up during the first hour of the academic day and take them to school. Secondary schools offering vocational education will be eligible to apply for the council help in getting truants to attend classes. Councillor Hugo de Jonge said the move was an attempt to reduce the city's high truancy figures, and gave details of the schools with the worst morning attendance records. Talks with school boards, teachers, parents and students on the new policy are ongoing.

The council has been holding an unpublicised trial at three schools over recent months. Students suspected of playing truant were visited by officials as soon as possible on the day they were discovered to be absent from class. Councillor De Jonge says the trial was so successful that the policy is now being introduced citywide.

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