NZ Herald April 22, 2007
Families pulling their children out of school to take advantage of cheap flights and “piggy-back” deals are contributing to the country’s growing truancy rate, an internal Ministry of Education report has revealed. Principals agree, saying that although it is illegal to take a student out of class for a family holiday, parents are doing it anyway and schools have no way of stopping them.
The report, obtained under the Official Information Act by National’s education spokeswoman Katherine Rich, was handed to Education Minister Steve Maharey before he discussed truancy with officials last April. Under the heading “What are the causes of school drop-out?” the report lists school culture, home environment, student behaviour, the promotion of youth training courses and family holidays.