The Ministry of Education has released the latest attendance data. This is the proportion of students who are absent more than 30% (so more than 11 weeks absent):
- Asians 4.2%
- Europeans 6.2%
- Maori 16.2%
- Pacific 16.5%
If kids are not in school then yes they will end up earning less income, being more likely to face the criminal justice system, having worse health outcomes etc. Kids absent more than 30% are not going to leave school with adequate literacy and numeracy.
And don’t try and blame it all on colonisation. That won’t explain the huge difference between Asian and Pacific attendance rates.
Setting up quangos and authorities will do stuff all in terms of closing the gaps. Following up on kids not in school, will.