A drop in school attendance has been reported across The Avondhu region, with some local schools reporting less than 80% attendance following the Christmas break.

According to a number of school principals this newspaper spoke to, absenteeism ranges between pupils and staff.

“We’re down to 75% attendance, but attendance is down in every school across the country at the moment. I presume this is because of the close contact guidelines. Pre-Covid, we would normally average over 90% attendance,” one principal said.

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