Editorial: Every day counts for education

Editorial: IF YOU have school-aged children, you've no doubt heard the mantra "every day counts".

You might think that the odd day off here and there doesn't have an impact on your child's education, but when you look at the statistics in today's page 3 story, they paint a bleak picture.

Over a five-year period, primary and second school students in the Bundaberg region have missed the equivalent of 159 years of schooling.

There are a multitude of reasons why regular school attendance will result in a better education outcome.

According to Education Queensland if your child goes to school every day they will:

learn better

make friends

be happier

and have a brighter future.

Let's face it, there are times when it's unavoidable that your child misses a day of school.

But giving your kids a day off for their birthday is not helping them in the long run.

As parents we need to value education and we can do them by reinforcing how important their attendance every day is.



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