Data: England's poorer students are more likely to be absent

12/28/2009 | BBC

Poor students in England are five times more likely to be absent from school than wealthier peers, according to recent government data. Government officials say truancy could affect exam scores. "Attendance at school is absolutely vital if children are going to get the education they need to succeed later on," one official said. "Children that are missing a fifth of school inevitably struggle to keep up, which leads to problems with low achievement and poor behaviour down the line."

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