Ministry of education restricts student absenteeism
14-Aug-2017


In accordance with two aims of the Ministry of Education—providing the best educational opportunities for students and reducing the number of prolonged absences—the Ministry’s director of public relations confirmed that according to education law, parents are forbidden from keeping their children from attending school. The Ministry employs gradual treatment procedures, which begin at the school-administration level and move on to entities with the competence to address issues with parents and guardians that lead to student absenteeism; the noncooperative cases are then transferred to the Ministry’s legal-affairs department. These procedures are based on Article 8 of Education Law No. 27 from 2005, which charges parents or guardians whose child is absent from school for 10 days, either intermittently or continuously, without an acceptable reason (e.g., medical grounds). These serious efforts to apply the law are designed to benefit student achievement, the educational system, and society as a whole.  

These executive procedures apply to both students in government schools and those in the private-education sector, and they stem from the desire to improve the quality of education and the opportunities for learning. As a result, the rate of unauthorised absenteeism has been reduced to 4%. Even though the rate of absenteeism is low, the Ministry wishes to reduce it further and address the factors responsible for the remaining absences. The implementation of the Education Law has been a vital solution in this regard. The law encourages parents and guardians to maintain the school attendance of their children, which is important because absences create both learning obstacles for students and professional difficulties for teachers, especially with respect to completing educational and evaluation tasks.

The procedures and efforts used by the Ministry to enforce the law have a positive effect on the characteristics that students acquire. The Ministry is highly aware that ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that make up school rules leads to enhanced values and manners. According to Article 3 of the Education Law, education is responsible for creating the values and attitudes that enrich students, in terms of citizenship as well as social, cultural, and professional dimensions. Students and parents who adhere to school policies and respect the regulations, and who remain aware that violations will have strict and serious disciplinary repercussions, will be imbued with values that are crucial to citizenship, such as self-discipline, respect for the law, transparency, and seriousness. These shared values will shape future generations.

Today, Bahraini society faces serious socioeconomic challenges, including unsatisfactory public-sector production, absence from work in the private sector, and underemployment. National development requires future citizens who are more responsible and serious and who exercise greater perseverance. These manners can be fostered through an educational system that respects laws and regulations. Furthermore, students themselves have the right to receive the best possible education for achieving success in their personal ambitions and in the wider community; indeed, it is a responsibility of the state to invest in human resources in a way that ensures the best measures are employed for the development and progress of each individual and the whole population.

The executive authority’s main responsibility is bridging the gap between laws and their implementation, which requires executive commands in order to achieve progress or compliance with the laws. To apply the law and foster awareness of the regulations, the Ministry of Education is working towards restricting the number of student absences; the Ministry’s efforts are based on education laws that have been designed to benefit the society as a whole.


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