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26th Apr 2024

Teachers seeing a notable increase in school absences

Kat O'Connor

Teachers are growing concerned about the increase

Missing the odd day of school is completely normal, but Irish teachers have noticed a significant increase in school absences.

Teachers noted an increase in pupils missing school for reasons other than illness and holidays.

A study found that more parents are letting children stay at home.

Other pupils are missing school due to poor mental health and anxiety.

Some parents are reportedly letting their children stay home more often because pupils fell so far behind during the pandemic. 34% reportedly don’t see the benefit of being in school anymore.

One thing impacting children’s school attendance is the current cost of living crisis in Ireland. Many parents are struggling to make ends meet when it comes to school essentials like uniforms and equipment like books, school trips, and stationery.

31% of parents said cost-of-living pressures are leaving them struggling to send their children to school.

Another issue impacting them is an increase in bullying and a lack of resources to prevent it.

Children are dealing with school bullies in class, as well as on social media. It is understandable that parents are reluctant to send their children to school if they’re victims of bullying.

500 primary and secondary school teachers were involved in the study.