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REVEALED: Are our kids skipping school?

CENTRAL Queensland students are turning up to school just as much as other Queensland students.

Statistics released by the Department of Education and Training show the student attendance rate for CQ was 91.5% this year.

The region comes in third behind Metropolitan (93%) and South-East (91.6%).

Attendance rates have fluctuated over the past five years with one school's attendance rate at 74.7% in 2011. That same school, Woorabinda State School, has increased its attendance rates by more than 10% in the past five years to a rate of 85% in 2016.

There was one other school in the region that had a lower attendance rate than that in 2016 by 0.04%.

Newly released figures show illness (36,995) was the main reason for absences in the region, followed by 'unexplained' (33,274) and 'other' (19,163), holidays (4163), and disciplinary actions (4909).

Of the two lowest attendance percentages for Central Queensland, illness (3000) accounted for the main reason for student absences at Glenmore State High School, followed by unexplained (2798), Other (1337), Disciplinary (817) and Holiday (182).

At Woorabinda, there were more unexplained absences (1304) than absences due to illness (298).

Truancy was the explanation for 78,779 absences in Queensland.

Meanwhile, it was the smaller rural schools in the region that had the highest attendance rates in 2016; Milman State School (98.1%) and Marmor State School (97%).



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