Absenteeism reduction solved quantitatively but not qualitatively – MUT
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The MUT, in a statement has said that it noted the statistics issued today by the National Statistics Office which confirm that the level of unauthorised absenteeism in schools has dropped by 25.9 per cent together with recorded lower levels of absences during the year 2012/2013.
The Union applauds any initiatives especially since truancy has been one of the issues which have been on the agenda for a very long time, it said.
The MUT added that however, it feels that this issue is “being dealt with quantitatively – in terms of numbers – with the quality of education being forgotten in the process.”
Particularly, the Union questions the “mentality of grants being handed out as long as children are brought to school. Such mentality is leading to a variety of new issues, including disruptions by students who are not interested in learning and situations whereby sick students are sent anyway in order to claim the grant,” the Union said.
The Union concluded by saying that it hopes that a more comprehensive approach is considered in the future and initiatives are not undertaken just to look good on statistical tables.