Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Government is hiding true truancy problem

Hon Bill English National Party Leader

26 August 2002

Government is hiding true truancy problem

School truancy is a major factor behind youth offending and yet the Government is doing all it can to make sure the extent of the problem is being kept from the public, says National Party Leader Bill English.

"Twice the Government has promised to establish a truant database and yet nothing has happened. When National tried to find out the latest truancy figures earlier this year, Education Minister Trevor Mallard failed to reply. It is now clear he is playing bureaucratic games.

"All written questions put before the House prior to the end of the last Parliamentary term are now null and void which means they have to be re submitted. The Government have taken advantage of this over a number of issues including truancy to drag out when they give an answer.

"Two years ago, 4,790 students were referred to the Non - Enrolment Truancy Service and evidence to hand would indicate it is getting worse.

"One answer to truancy is to have mandatory schooling in place. The link between youth offending and truancy is an established fact and if we don't make some hard decisions now it will only get worse.

"In a country as small as ours it is ludicrous to think we can't keep a proper track on where our young people are. We can do much better for our young people because if we don't there will be more mindless murders like that of Michael Choy," says Mr English.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news