1) To understand the importance of learner attendance submissions as it helps to improve the accuracy of the attendance data, and 2) to actively manage learner attendance so as to intervene timeously in order to raise learner performance and identify drop out risks.
Level of support can be given to them to improve their performance.
What is the impact of learner attendance
Accurate learner attendance helps with the root cause analysis of poor performance at schools. It could be that the poor performance is not due to an educator’s absenteeism or lack of content knowledge but due to the learners not being in the class. Therefore, accurate attendance data helps to give a proper diagnosis of the issues that affect poor performance.
South African Schools Act, 1996 (No.84 of 1996), Chapter 2 (3)
1.A learner is deemed to be absent from school when the learner is not present in class or not participating in a school activity when the register is marked.
2.If a learner is absent from school for 10 consecutive days, the principal must make reasonable attempts to ascertain from the learner’s parents whether the learner has been withdrawn from the school. If the learner has been withdrawn, or if no valid reason for absence is given, or if the principal is unable to make contact with the parent or the learner, the principal must cancel the learners record in the class register on the grounds of “continuous absence”.