In Orihuela, the Local Police together with the Department of Education have launched a campaign to eradicate school absenteeism in the municipality. They gave information on the interventions carried out by the police over the last year to avoid or reduce the number of cases of young people of school age who were absent without reason.
The Councillor for Education Antonio Sánchez explained that there have been 186 interventions in young people in the past year, which represents an increase of 40 percent compared to the 2019/2020 school year.
Of these 186 cases detected, 90 were minors who received records of school absenteeism being made available to parents or institutes; in another 25 cases they were minors at social risk or unprotected; and 69 young people required continuous follow-up as they were repetitive in their absences from their school – these 69 minors alone required up to 400 interventions by officers.
The Orihuela Local Police officer, Daniel Méndez, said that the 40 percent rise in absenteeism cases is due to the Coronavirus. There were numerous cases of parents who did not take their children to schools or institutes out of fear that they would catch the virus whilst there. Officer Méndez added that in the end around 80-100 minors returned to class who had not attended during the first waves of the Covid pandemic.
“In class you educate yourself, you learn, you train… Don’t miss it”, reads the slogan of the new awareness campaign and Antonio Sánchez added that “where one begins to form is in class and not in the parks.”
If you see minors outside of school during school hours you can help stamp out truancy by calling 092 which is the number for the Local Police.