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School absenteeism in Benalmádena was 1.4% last year among Primary and Secondary students

The mayor, Víctor Navas, chaired this morning a new meeting of the truancy commission, in which the councilor for Social Welfare, Alicia Laddaga; the Councilor for Education, E. Pablo Centella; and the Councilor for Security, Javier Marín, together with municipal technicians from the aforementioned delegations, representatives of the Local Police, representatives of the Benalmádena Educational Centers, of Associations of Mothers and Fathers of said centers, representative of the Educational Guidance Team, as well as the Inspector of Education for the Benalmádena area.

The first mayor recalled that “it is one of the most important commissions that we have in the City Council, which we put into operation during the last legislature with the aim of preventing absentee behavior by minors”. In this sense, he stressed that even the meetings of this commission were held throughout the past year, despite the pandemic.

The truancy commission works transversally with both the Local Police and Social Services, the Junta de Andalucía, ampas and directors of educational centers in the search for solutions that help prevent these absentee behaviors that ultimately lead to untrained students with difficulty in access the labor market, which generates pockets of marginality.

During today’s meeting, an absenteeism percentage of1.4 percent was verified during the past year, which resulted in 23 cases in Primary and 72 in Secondary. Among different issues, there has been a debate on the protocols for action and proposals for good practices. Since the beginning of the current 2021/2022 academic year, there have been five cases of school absenteeism.

In all cases the Local Police acts, so I want to take this opportunity to thank and recognize our agents for their important work, deserving in its day a congratulation from the provincial absenteeism commission for the great work it does in detecting absentee and make the social services aware of each situation in order to correct these behaviors”, highlighted the mayor.

Navas has also insisted that “collaboration between administrations is essential to work towards the eradication of school absenteeism, since this is a problem where various social, school and family factors converge and, from the Benalmádena City Council, we understand that the educational process is an engine of social transformation ”.

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