Child Deputy Prime Minister of the UK Children’s Parliament Naila Seetal Sounds Alarm on Truancy Crisis

Child Deputy Prime Minister of the UK Children’s Parliament Naila Seetal Sounds Alarm on Truancy Crisis

By: News Team | Published: 18 April 2024

In a powerful address today, 11-year-old Child Deputy Prime Minister Naila Seetal, 11, raised concerns about the alarming rise in truancy rates since the pandemic. 

According to the latest figures, one out of every five children in the UK has been persistently absent from school.

“The truancy crisis is a ticking time bomb that threatens to undermine the future of an entire generation,” said Seetal. “Children are losing interest in their schoolwork, and the cost-of-living crisis has only exacerbated the problem.”

Seetal outlined a three-pronged approach to tackle the truancy crisis head-on. 

First, she emphasised the need to make education more engaging and relevant to students’ lives. 

“We must prioritise making education interesting and captivating for our young learners,” she said. “Children need to understand that without a proper education, their future prospects will be severely limited.”

Second, Seetal called for increased vigilance from schools in monitoring attendance and identifying at-risk students. “I want to make sure that schools are more proactive in terms of conducting regular attendance checks with teachers,” she stated. “Early intervention is crucial to preventing chronic absenteeism.”

Finally, Seetal stressed the importance of fostering a better understanding of the value of education among students and their families. “Together, by highlighting the long-term benefits of education, we can build a culture that recognises the transformative power of learning and stop truancy in its tracks.”

Seetal’s impassioned plea comes at a critical juncture, as the truancy crisis threatens to leave a lasting scar on the nation’s youth. Her call to action has resonated with educators, policymakers, and parents alike, who recognise the urgency of addressing this issue before it spirals further out of control.

As the youngest member of the Cabinet, Seetal’s leadership on this issue underscores the importance of empowering young voices and perspectives in shaping the future of education.

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Posted: 18th April 2024