Department of Education Media Release
12 September 2012
Monday 10 September 2012
The following response can be attributed to Education Department Secretary Colin Pettit:
Tasmania performs very well in relation to student attendance compared to other jurisdictions, particularly in relation to the early years.
The 2012 Report on Government Services shows that Tasmania has recorded either top or equal top for all year levels (year 1 to year 10) across other states and territories, apart from year 9 (Tasmania recorded equal second) and year 10 (Tasmania recorded equal third).
Ensuring children attend school is a shared responsibility. Parents have an important role in prioritising school attendance, and schools support with appropriate curriculum and supportive school environments.
The department continues to work on this important issue and has a range of strategies for following up unexplained absences and attendance issues.
At a school-level, there are various strategies for following up unexplained absences and attendance issues including phoning home, using SMS and social workers.