Education Is Not For A Privileged Few

Education Is Not For A Privileged Few

Queensland Shadow Minister for Education Bruce Flegg

Indigenous Student Attendance Rates Drop

Victor P Taffa

Two children out of every five are absent on any day from some Queensland Indigenous schools, the State Opposition said today.

The Annual Highlights Report for Queensland’s Discrete Indigenous Communities* published today shows attendance figures for schools in Indigenous areas continue a disappointing decline.

“This is very concerning because history shows how low attendance rates can translate into bigger problems for our Indigenous communities.” Shadow Minister for Education, Dr. Bruce Flegg said today.

 

 

“A lack of continuity in learning, because of absences, will mean there are significant gaps in a child’s learning and from that hole, more concerning community-related issues develop and escalate.”

“Of concern is the fact that all except one school experienced drops in attendance, some as high as 18.9 %, between term 1 and term 2 from July 2009-June2010.” Dr. Flegg said.

“There were four schools with attendance below 60 %: Aurukun, Doomadgee, Napranum and Palm Island.  That signifies two children out of every give absent from the classroom on any one day.”

“Only one School made it above the 90 % Attendance Rate and that was Coen.  All other remain below the state average of 91%.” Dr. Flegg said.

“Attendance is the key to engaging Indigenous children in education and bettering their future opportunities.”

“The LNP is committed to improving the opportunities for Queensland’s young Indigenous community.”  Dr. Flegg said.

School/Town

Term 2 2010

%attendance

Term 1 2010

%attendance

Change Term 1 – Term 2 2010 (%)

Term 2 2009

%attendance

Change 2009-2010 (%)

Aurukun

57.7

65.9

-8.2

63.2

-5.5

Cherbourg

80.8

81.8

-1.0

82.9

-2.1

Coen

92.2

94.9

-2.7

93.6

-1.4

Doomadgee

57.2

76.1

-18.9

52.0

+5.2

Hope Vale

83.5

87.3

-3.8

86.9

-3.4

Kowanyama

77.2

82.6

-5.4

81.5

-4.3

Lockhart River

74.6

80.2

-5.6

67.5

+7.1

Mapoon

80.8

87.0

-6.2

84.9

-4.1

Mornington Island

75.6

74.2

+1.4

63.7

+11.9

Mossman Gorge

79.1

84.2

-5.1

81.6

-2.5

Napranum

56.8

66.5

-9.7

56.8

=

Northern Peninsula

71.5

77.6

-7.1

58.5

+13.0

Palm Island

57.5

70.4

-12.9

70.7

-13.2

Pormpuraaw

77.4

83.1

-5.7

80.8

-3.4

Woorabinda

77.0

80.1

-3.1

73.8

+3.2

Wujal Wujal

84.6

87.0

-2.4

73.2

+11.4

Yarrabah

70.8

74.3

-3.5

67.3

+3.5

* Annual Highlights Report for Queensland’s Discrete Indigenous Communities