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Student attendance up, suspensions down

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/08/2016

Student stand-downs, suspensions and exclusions are at their lowest level since records began 16 years ago.

And Education Minister Hekia Parata says the number of students skipping school is also going down.

The 2015 data shows that since 2008 the number of suspensions in state and state-integrated schools has fallen by 40 per cent to 2618.

Over the same time, stand-downs have dropped by 30 per cent to 14,198, while exclusions have fallen 35 per cent to 883.

Ms Parata says the number of expulsions has fluctuated over the years - 156 students were expelled in 2015 compared with 154 in 2008 and 201 in 2010.

The attendance figures show that on each day of a one week period in June 2015, just 4.1 per cent of students were recorded as unjustifiably absent.

Another 5.8 per cent were recorded as being justifiably absent.

The overall figure of 9.9 per cent is down from 10.8 per cent in 2014.

"These figures are really positive for our young people," Ms Parata said.

"They show students are spending more time in class, which is vitally important for their future prospects."

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