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Friday, 07 March 2014 09:47

Ministry of Education stepping up Efforts to reduce Absenteeism

Officers from the Ministries of Eductaion and Human Services and Social Security  speaking with a grandmother about her grand child's absence from school Officers from the Ministries of Eductaion and Human Services and Social Security speaking with a grandmother about her grand child's absence from school

On February 28, the Ministry’s Schools Welfare Department in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security, the Guyana Police Force visited ‘E’ Field, South Sophia investigating the absence of school-aged children from school.

With-in a few hours and thorough walk of the ‘E’ Field Sophia area the joint teams found forty-eight children who were not in school. During visits to the homes of some of the children, parents and guardians were told about their responsibility to ensure that their children receive an education.

It was noted that more males were absent and that there seem to be a significant number of secondary school aged children who were either at home or playing with friends at the time officers visited the area.

School Welfare Officer excorting a child homeThis is the first of many campaigns slated for 2014 as the ministry intends to intensify efforts to reduce nonattendance. The ministry will continue to collaborate with all the relevant stakeholders and endeavors to have monthly truancy campaigns.

Persons who wish to report occurrences where children are not attending school regularly can do so by calling the ministry’s hotline numbers, 223-7891, 623-0550 or 623-4010. You may also make contact with the Schools Welfare Department on telephone number 226-7062.

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