25 Aug 2009

School expulsion, suspension rates decline

5:29 am on 25 August 2009

School expulsions are at their lowest level in 10 years.

The Ministry of Education says there has also been a fall in suspensions, with the number down by 22% in the past nine years.

Stand-down rates where students are stood down for up to five days are also falling.

The ministry says students at decile 1 and 2 schools have much higher suspension, stand-down and expulsion rates than schools in more affluent areas.

The figures show schools continue to expel or suspend more Maori students than any other ethnic group, though these numbers are also declining.

Suspensions of Pacific Island students declined between 2006 - 2008 due to special initiatives to keep these students in school.