The province’s teachers are commending the province’s Office of the Child and Youth Advocate for shedding light on the problem of absenteeism in the Newfoundland and Labrador school system.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA) says the report is consistent with other reports, specifically with research provided for the Invest in Our Kids online resource.
“In order to address student absenteeism, barriers to student-teacher and school-parent relationships must be addressed,” NLTA president Dean Ingram stated in a release.
“Lower class sizes and increased allocation for guidance and school administration are necessary. As well, there needs to be greater cooperation and ownership of the problem by agencies outside of education.”