WCED to address truancy
23 May 2012
Police, various government departments and community organisations will take part in a joint truancy operation.
The operation aims to address truancy problems in the Athlone area.
Today government officials will be meeting at the Bridgetown Community Centre.
MEC for education in the Western Cape Donald Grant’s spokesperson Bronagh Casey said that areas where learners have been reported to have been seen while not in school are shopping malls, shebeens and other open spaces.
She added that truant learners will be collected and taken to the headquarters to be assessed.
Officials will be present to identify which schools the learners are from.
Casey said that they will also be assisting in the amount of learners that are not in school.
Schools will provide the WCED with the names and addresses of the learners who frequently stay absent from school.
The WCED and the police will then conduct home visits.
Casey said that 20 schools are taking part in the operation and if it is successful then it will be expanded to other communities.
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