Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


A Family Holiday Is Not Truancy

MEDIA RELEASE
19 March 2014
A Family Holiday Is Not Truancy
Family First says that special and occasional family holidays during school time should not be viewed as truancy or harmful to children.

“Most NZ’ers have always understood truancy as an ‘unauthorised absence’, usually without the knowledge of the parents, and on a regular basis,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“When the ongoing truancy is with the knowledge of the parents, it usually indicates far greater issues of family dysfunction and an increased likelihood of at-risk behaviour by both the child and the family.”

Mr McCoskrie says that to suggest that a family taking advantage of cheap flights or families attending special occasions overseas is encouraging truancy is nonsense.

“Education happens in the family setting as well – even on holidays,” says Mr McCoskrie. “Sometimes attendance at a wedding or funeral or tangi (often which requires the absence of a child for up to a week) can also pull a child out of school for a longer period of time.”

A 2007 Ministry of Education report correctly highlighted home environment, student behaviour and culture as key contributors to the truancy rate.

“We need to tackle the actual problems of truancy, especially that condoned by the parents – not target a functioning family who simply want to take an occasional special holiday overseas,” says Mr McCoskrie.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Debut, Mockingjay, And Drunk Texting

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score.

The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially among the 25% of the electorate still voting Labour. According to some reports, the Labour caucus has been ‘in seventh heaven’ about Little’s success this week in taking it to the government in the House. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel. More>>

ALSO:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news