Attendance targets set in plan to tackle truancy
AN OVERHAUL of public school attendance systems is under way across Queensland.
The Department of Education is putting in place 11 changes recommended last month by the State Government's Education and Innovation Committee.
These include new school and regional attendance targets, which will be based on the social, economic and geographic nature of each area; improving the Education Department's Every Day Counts website; and reviewing early childhood programs.
Education Minister Kate Jones said the Department of Education would shoulder most of the work.
Ms Jones said it could take 12 months to roll out all of the committee's recommendations.
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"The Department of Education is implementing the report's recommendations over the next 12 months, with many state schools already implementing some of the grassroots strategies," she said.
Queensland Secondary Principals' Association president Andrew Pierpont said getting 100% attendance rates would take time.
"I think the committee's recommendations and the government's response are predictable and they are positive," he said.
"And if put into place over a period of time they will make a difference.
"Everyone has the view that nothing below 100% is acceptable, but let's take the positive view and start improving the rates slowly."