Worst in 44 years: Truancy crisis inflamed by increasing poverty, educators say

Truancy is increasing. The rising cost of living is a major barrier keeping children from getting past school doors, says an Auckland principal.

“We’re going to families whose kids aren’t attending, and asking: ‘What can we do to help your son or daughter to get back to school?’” said Wendy Esera, principal at Henderson Intermediate.

“And parents are saying, ‘Look, I haven’t got a uniform for them’.”

Esera has been in the education sector for over 44 years, and says student poverty is the worst she’s seen. Read more

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