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Student absence taking its toll


Student absence taking its toll

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A HIGH LEVEL student absenteeism is causing major headaches for school administrators and at least one is voicing his concerns.

Principal of the Daryll Jordan Secondary School, Stephen Jackman, told the WEEKEND NATION that he placed the figure of truancy at his school at more than 20 per cent of the student population annually.

Furthermore, he charged that similar alarming numbers have been reported by administrators from several other secondary schools.

Speaking specifically about his school after the Trents, St Lucy-based school’s annual awards and prize-giving ceremony, the educator noted that the substantial level of absenteeism was impacting negatively on the significant inroads his institution has made.

He said such absence had led to much wasted time as his teachers were then required to “reteach” the students. In addition, for the child who ensured he attended classes daily it caused major frustration because he was hearing the same thing repeatedly. (SDB Media)

Please read the full story in today’s Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.