Actually, this is what happens when a) countless schools are shut-down in remote Homelands/Outstations (as part of the ‘hub and spoke’ model of service delivery); b) bilingual education is scrapped in schools that remain open in larger communities and townships and; c) coercive measures are then introduced and linked to children’s school attendance. Really, what else would one expect??
‘The latest report card on closing the education gap in the Northern Territory shows a significant drop in school attendance in remote Aboriginal communities.
The fall in attendance comes despite the existence of several programs designed to get more children going to school.’