Opposition Senator, Damian Crawford, says the drop off in school attendance past grade 9 needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

He quoted a World Bank study which shows that a significant number of children stop attending classes as of grade 10.

Mr. Crawford was making his contribution to the State of Nation Debate in the Upper House on Friday.

He noted the major reason for the lack of attendance is the belief of students that they’ve reached the end of their education at grade 9 while attending all age and junior high schools.

The opposition Senator is recommending that boarding schools be established to allow such youth to transition to higher education before they believe they have nowhere else to go.

Damian Crawford, Opposition Senator.