CPH Post

News

Are the carefree children copying the truant teachers?

Teachers in public schools have far more absences than their students, study shows


"X equals I'm taking the day off tomorrow!" (Photo: Colourbox)

June 17, 2014
10:28

by Chris Jones


Following reports that some students take more that 20 days a year off from school, it has emerged that school teachers average 27 days, according to new numbers from a study carried out by Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Read more: Students missing too much school

The numbers include both sick leave and childcare leave, time off for courses and other absences, but they are not high when compared with absenteeism found in other professions.

Capital offenders
There were large differences in the numbers of days off taken by teachers, depending on where they worked.

In Copenhagen, they missed 38 days' worth of classes. But in Odense, teachers were absent only 21 days.

“We visited a number of schools, and it is striking how large the cultural differences are from school to school,” Professor Kim Normann Andersen from CBS told TV2 News.

“Some places radiate proper procedure, while others radiate exactly the opposite.”

Normann said the culture of a school had more to do with leadership than its economic state or student composition.



Related stories



Latest Comments

Stop them .. may they never enter this peaceful land.

(Eman Al-Asad on August 22, 2014 00:04)

:)

(Eve Elsker on August 21, 2014 23:34)

Good, because smuggling it in was a pain, I had more than one jar confiscated...

(August 21, 2014 20:18)

Ques: What is the similarity between 1/(x + e^x) and this group? Ans: Both...

(Abhijeet Mishra on August 21, 2014 19:27)

In Warsaw, Italians are still building 4 new metro station. They should...

(Sly A-k on August 21, 2014 13:25)

In essence they are hurting themselves, since most of 'IS' are European...

(Alex DeGre?t on August 21, 2014 11:15)

Ray sir, I like you, we may have differing views on the amount of vitriol...

(Kristian Stephen Søndergaard Colvey on August 21, 2014 10:51)

But... Women have no rights in muzlim countries like Denmark and Swedenistan....

(Alex DeGre?t on August 21, 2014 00:05)

Wau! It`s good to know that I never visit in Danmark.

(Tenho Nikkinen on August 20, 2014 20:45)

There's some of the truth here! My friend got shocked when her Danish...

(Simona Lau on August 20, 2014 19:08)