The Attendance of students in New Zealand has reached beyond the element of farce, and the message to the government is: Don’t say you weren’t told!
For many months the blatantly obvious truth has been the regular fact that students were going to stay away from school and defy the regulations that kept up a hope that something would persuade students to change their tune and to surprise the authorities, the government and teachers.
The truth is that there is in all likelihood no way that students will turn up unless some key changes are made. I would suggest the following:
A Students will reject the programmes based on current curriculum because they don’t have confidence that they will benefit in terms of employment. I have had reports that tell me that the trades academies do not have huse absenteeism – go think
B They are sick and tired of the time school wastes for the trappings of students time which they see as valuable they think and they are uneasy when they perceive that it is being wasted. (Yes there is an irony in this!)
C Students have realised the power they have.
D Every students who truants has parents who are compliant with this situation. It is no good teachers blamed when parents either don’t or have lost control.
E I have warned of the damage being done to the schooling system. It will take a decade and perhaps more for the orderly conduct of schooling to recommence.
F Is anybody in the Ministry working on a plan to get students back to the desks?
Perhaps asking the students would be a good thing?