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A New Campaign Released Towards Stopping Student Absenteeism

Many school divisions in Manitoba have been struggling with a very high number of absences. School divisions will have to lower this percentage before the end of the school year. The government of Manitoba has addressed the struggle, and they have invented a new campaign to keep more students in school and to put more attention towards this matter.

The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Learning, Wayne Ewasko, “Schools are key to lifelong success by engaging students in learning through both classroom and extracurricular activities and supporting them through their individual education path. Students who attend school regularly are more confident and engaged, have a greater sense of community belonging and are more likely to obtain a high school diploma. No single attendance strategy will work for all students and schools, which is why we’re focusing on student presence and engagement and building on the important work already happening in our classrooms and schools to support students.”

There are many reasons why absences are very high. Many high school students were asked about the possible reasons that prevent them from attending class, and most of them said that the reason is mainly that the classes don’t “provoke their interest,” so they find a hard time focusing. Some said that the class period was too long, and some mentioned that the mandatory classes are “very restricting,” so they end up skipping a lot of classes.

These interviews with the students supported the idea behind the goal that the government of Manitoba is trying to reach. The new campaign invented by the government focuses mainly on the presence and engagement of the students. Putting in more extracurricular activities and providing them with the support they need, so they can get the many advantages of attending school.


– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural

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