Absenteeism during the academic year 2017-2018 increased by 4.3% when compared with the previous academic year.
According to data published by the National Statistics Office (NSO), total absences for students attending primary and secondary schools during the academic year 2017-2018 amounted to 554,837 days, equivalent to an average of 11.8 absence days per student.
Authorised absences increased by 4.1% and made up 61.9% of the total absences. On the other hand, the number of unauthorised absences increased by 4.7%. On the other hand, the number of unauthorised absences increased by 4.7%.
According to statistics, the average number of absences during the period under review stood at 11.8 days per student, which means an increase of 0.3 of a day per student when compared to the previous academic year.
On average, students recorded 7.3 days of authorised and 4.5 days of unauthorised absences in one academic year.
The data shows that male students recorded higher levels of absenteeism when compared to their female counterparts.
During the academic year 2017-2018, student absenteeism in state schools increased by 6.2% when compared to the previous academic year.
Church schools registered a decrease of 2.0& in absenteeism while Independent schools registered an increase of 4.9% when compared to the previous academic year.
The lowest average number of absences per student was recorded among eight-year-olds at 8.4 days, while students aged 16 years and over held the highest average number of absences per student at 24.0 days.
On average, students residing in the Southern Harbour district accumulated the highest average number of absences, 14.6 days per student.