887 students regularly absent from school during last scholastic year

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During the last scholastic year, 2018-2019, there were 26,468 students registered within state schools out of which 887 were absent on a regular basis and without medical or any other reasons provided to the school.

This information was presented in Parliament by Education Minister Owen Bonnici in reply to a parliamentary question by PN MP Therese Comodini Cachia.

In the data explained by Minister Bonnici during the scholastic year 2017-2018, 681 students were absent from school on a regular basis and during the scholastic year 2016-2017, 639 did not attend school and did not provide a reason to justify their absenteeism.

The number of students registered in government schools in 2017-2018 was 25,879 and in the scholastic year 2016-2017, 25,228 students were registered.

Therese Comodini Cachia has also asked the Education Minister to confirm if a study on the system of continuous assessment in schools and how this is affecting students is being conducted and if yes what are the conclusions of the study.

Minister Owen Bonnici said that the system whereby students are assessed by teachers during the scholastic year was implemented only two years ago and the studies are still underway. Therefore, the conclusions will be published when the full implementation of the system is affected, replied Minister Bonnici.