15 Feb 2012

Northland pupils missing big chunk of school

9:10 am on 15 February 2012

Government figures show serious absenteeism from school has dropped in the past two years, but senior secondary students and children in Northland still have the worst attendance.

More than 20% of students in those groups missed at least one day of school a week in the second term last year.

Secondary principals say their figure is due to extra-curricular activities and because some students skip classes not needed for their NCEA.

Tai Tokerau Primary Principals Association president David Rogers, says transience is the biggest factor.

Nationally, 12.8% of students missed more than one day per week of term two, down from 21% two years ago.

Principals say the improvement is because of electronic roll-keeping and texting parents.