State Government Fails To Reign in Truancy

7 Oct 2010 3:44 PMJann Stuckey

7th October 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has accused the state Government of failing to address the increasing rate of truancy in Queensland schools. 

“Recent reports have revealed that rates of truancy have continued to increase since 2006, proof that the State Government has failed to act,” Ms Stuckey said. 

“The latest figures speak for themselves as an admission of failure by Education Queensland. The Labor Government has ignored this growing problem for years.

“News that the Bligh Government is suspending the Centrelink payments of parents whose children are chronic truants highlights the lack of Labor’s attention to the growing problem of truancy.

“Calls from the LNP for school-based police liaison officers, youth engagement officers and truancy taskforces have fallen on deaf ears over the years.

“If it were not for the strong relationship between our police and the wider community in the Currumbin electorate, we would not have been able to reduce instances of truancy.

“By working together in Currumbin, a range of initiatives and strategies have been implemented that have seen positive results.

“Efforts of our local police beat, P&C groups, and our local Pines Shopping Centre have contributed greatly to reducing truancy.

“The implementation of an anti-bullying program, ‘Walk in My Shoes’ in our two high schools is another step towards addressing the reasons why students are skipping school.   

“These actions came about without any assistance from the Bligh Government. They came from within the local community.

“Of course, parents have a responsibility to ensure their kids are going to school every day, but stronger policies and initiatives are required to encourage kids to stay at school and complete their education.