The number of children attending New Zealand schools is falling.
The new information was released today by the Associate Minister for Education, Tracey Martin.
The data shows 58 percent cent of students in New Zealand regularly go to school. This is down from 64 percent in 2018.
The bad news is that numbers have been declining since 2015.
Some of the absences can be put down to legitimate illness. However, the data also showed a jump in absences on Mondays, Fridays and the last day of term.
The largest declines were among primary school and Māori and Pacific students.
“Every day at school matters and parents and schools need to take the issue seriously,” Martin said.