Absence rates at schools across Northern Ireland have risen, according to the latest data.
Primary school attendance during the last academic year was 95.4%, and a slightly lower 93.4% at post-primary. The rate at special schools was 90%.
Most of the absences were authorised, but a number were not.
In primary schools, 3.5% of the absences were authorised and 1.1% otherwise. In post-primary schools the rate was 4.5% and 2.1% respectively. And at our special schools the figures were 6.7% and 3.1%.
The Department of Education said the figures tended to be fairly similar each year.
But a spokesman added that, compared to the previous academic year, there had been a slight rise in the number of authorised absences. However, the number of unauthorised absences was marginally lower.
The most common reason for non-attendance across all schools was illness (63.9%), which is categorised as an authorised absence.
Some of the other reasons included medical appointments, family holidays, bereavement, artistic endeavour, suspension and religious holidays.