IT’S certainly promising news that Kirklees pupils have the lowest rate of unauthorised absence in West Yorkshire schools.
Truancy can be a major problem and youngsters need to make sure they leave full-time education with the best results they can possibly achieve.
The job market is incredibly tough out there – especially for young people – and the unemployment rates for 16 to 24-year-olds continue to increase.
The importance of achieving grades cannot be impressed too highly on them and any day missed off school could potentially harm their chances of fulfilling their potential.
But when it comes to authorised absence where schools have allowed parents to take their youngsters out of school, the figures are much higher.
And they may well continue to rise as people have less money in their pockets for luxuries such as holidays.
After all, family holidays are so much cheaper on dates that are not school holidays many families could only afford them at those times.
Then it’s a hard call to make. Holidays are good for children, good for the families and a learning experience beyond the classroom.
But that decision all depends on where the children are in their education and if taking them out could harm their GCSE chances then surely that’s when education has to come first.