HC Deb 10 June 1982 vol 25 c151W
Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what were the absenteeism rates in Welsh secondary and Welsh primary schools in 1979, 1980 and 1981–82; what action he is taking to reduce absenteeism; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Roberts

The available information is as follows:

Percentage of Pupils Absent of Census Day*
Academic Year Primary Schools Secondary Schools
1979–80 8 11
1980–81 8 11
1981–82(Provisional) 8 11
* At September each year;

Action to reduce absenteeism is, primarily, a matter for individual local education authorities and schools.

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