Absenteeism in Schools


Absenteeism may be described as the students' absence from school, be this authorised or unauthorised.   Students attending primary and secondary schools are all in scope for this exercise.

This topic is not covered by any EU regulation, thus the local policy set in the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) document ‘Addressing Attendance in Schools Policy - October 2014’ is followed.

Methodological description

Information on students attending state schools is based on administrative records obtained from the MEDE. Data on the non-state sector are collected directly from schools by means of a survey carried out among all schools. This exercise is carried on an annual basis and the list of non-state schools to be surveyed is obtained directly from the MEDE.

Accuracy and reliability of data

Information on the accuracy and reliability of data can be viewed in a dedicated metadata report available on the NSO’s metadata website. 

Timeliness and punctuality of data

At a national level, the Unit publishes a news release on a yearly basis related to absenteeism in schools, with reference to the previous academic year. Such releases are published on the NSO’s website as scheduled in the Advance Release Calendar available also on the NSO’s website with a three-month advance notice.

Accessibility and clarity of data

A metadata report is also produced at a national level and disseminated on the NSO’s metadata website. 

Coherence and comparability/consistency of data

Absenteeism data has been produced using the same methodology since academic year 2010/2011 and is comparable at NUTS 2 level.

This type of data is unique and thus cross-checking with other domains is not possible.


 Contact Information:

Communication and Dissemination 
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