Northern Territory Acting Minister for Education Eva Lawler
Attendance At Territory Government Schools Returns To Normal Levels
Victor P Taffa
Attendance at Northern Territory government schools has returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Northern Territory was the first jurisdiction in Australia to decide students would physically return to the classroom from the first day of Term 2, Monday, 20 April, as COVID-19 shutdown measures continued to be enforced across the country.
“Northern Territory was the first jurisdiction to physically send children back to school and I would like to thank parents and families for helping us on our path to the new normal.” Acting Minister for Education Eva Lawler said.
“We implemented tough measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the Northern Territory and thanks to Territorians adhering to these measures, our schools are the safest in the country.”
Preliminary data gathered in the first two weeks of the term has shown a steady climb in attendance since day one, Term 2, when it was down 17 % on the same time last year.
Unverified data shows that average attendance across the Territory for week 2, Term 2 was at 79 %, slightly higher than Term 2, 2019’s average attendance rate of 78 %.
It is also slightly below Term 1, pre-pandemic attendance levels of 80 % Territory-wide.
Data shows at the height of nationwide pandemic shutdown measures, in Week 10, attendance Territory-wide fell to 32 %.
Student attendance started to decline in Week 8, Term 1, before reaching its lowest levels in Week 10.
Final week of Term 1, Week 11 was largely pupil-free, to enable teachers to undertake professional development in preparation for Term 2.
Schools and the School Improvement and Leadership teams are working together to make sure Territory children get back on track and are engaged with their learning.