Our students are among the state's worst waggers

IPSWICH'S students get an A plus for their ability to skip school.

The area's children and teens are among the state's worst waggers, since 2010 they have missed more than two centuries of school hours.

Ipswich had the seventh highest level of absences out of the state's 75 council areas.

The region's primary and secondary pupils skipped 76,564 days between January 2010 and December 2014.

This adds up to 209.76 years of lost education.

An APN Newsdesk analysis of State Government data reveals unexplained, unauthorised and "other" absences accounted for 36,717 days off and illness, with 18,745 days, was the second most common excuse.

Un-gazetted holidays were responsible for 12,403 days off and 8699 absences were the result of disciplinary action.

Of the region's 43 public schools, Woodcrest State College had the highest rate of absences with 2604 days lost over the five years.

Wednesday was the most popular day off, with 15,792 missed.

Education Minister Kate Jones urged parents must take responsibility for making sure their children went to school.

School attendance numbers across Queensland.
School attendance numbers across Queensland.


"We want every child to be in class every school day and families, particularly parents, play a critical role ensuring children attend school," Ms Jones said.

"It's important parents develop routines for regular on-time school attendance because it will set their children up for success."

Queensland Secondary Principals' Association president Andrew Pierpont said children who continually missed school would pay for it later in life.

"Missing small amounts of time regularly can have a long-term effect," Mr Pierpont said.

"There's a great deal of research around students missing school. It affects their reading age and that will affect their employability and lead to other types of social impacts."

He said absenteeism was everyone's problem.

"The target should always be 100% attendance," Mr Pierpont said.

"Everyone needs to realise that improving attendance is about the school working with the kids and working with their parents and their families and working with the community as well.

"It's not a real quick fix in most situations. It's about steady improvements." - APN NEWSDESK


School attendances across Ipswich
School attendances across Ipswich


Number of Ipswich public school absentee days from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2014

  • Unauthorised, 36,717
  • Illness, 18,745
  • Holiday, 12,403
  • Disciplinary, 8699

Day, missed

  • Wednesday, 15,792
  • Thursday, 15,776
  • Tuesday, 15,612
  • Friday, 15,472
  • Monday, 13,912

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