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Student skips school for a whole year

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10:39 CEST+02:00
A seventh grade high school student was absent from school for a whole year, but neither the school nor the county council raised the alarm, according to a report in the Östgöta Correspondenten newspaper.

Now the Swedish National Agency for School Inspection (Skolinspektionen) has sharply criticised both the Motala County Council's education administration and the school's principal.

The schools inspection agency considers that too few student support resources were in place, and that it took far too long before the school made any contact with the student or the parents.

The student did not attend school because the child was dissatisfied with the class, according to the report.

Although the student is being made to repeat seventh grade, neither the County Council nor the school's principal will escape responsibility, the schools inspection agency says.

“I have tried in every possible manner and way, and have taken help outside from other administrations to get this situation right. We could not have done any more. This also applies in making contact with the family to make progress,” the school principal told the newspaper.

The principal said that a home visit was planned, but he did not want to specify why the visit did not go ahead.

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