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Education Minister Peter Weir urged to act over high truancy rate

Concerns raised after more than 20,000 cases reported to authorities since 2015

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Peter Weir (Liam McBurney/PA)

Peter Weir (Liam McBurney/PA)

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Peter Weir (Liam McBurney/PA)

The Education Minister has been urged to address the problem of absenteeism from schools after figures revealed thousands of pupils are referred to the Education Welfare Service each year.

More than 20,000 referrals have been made in the last five years as school authorities struggle to get to grips with the issue.

Almost 3,000 referrals were made in the truncated 2019/20 school year.


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