Absenteeism costs society dearly and becomes a “desperate situation”, warns professor Mikael Thastum from Aarhus University, an expert on the subject, to DR.
However, it is not a truancy problem, rather a failure to cater for children with special needs and disabilities together with a growing tendency to exclude problem children.
Over 15,000 parents are forced to stay at home – at a cost to society of DKK 1.6 billion in lost earnings in 2021, almost three times the DKK 610 million that the authorities paid out in 2017, according to Statistics Denmark.
Expert: Integration efforts have failed
Efforts to integrate students with special needs into mainstream public schools have mostly failed, Thastrum argues.
“We do not give enough help to these children and families. We are not adequately ensuring that they have a school where they can learn and thrive,” he said.
The pandemic is partly to blame. According to Thastum, children with autism, ADHD and anxiety had a hard time returning to school after the restrictions were lifted. Children with depression have also struggled.
On average 17,000 kroner per month
The average parent at home receives DKK 17,000 in lost earnings per month, although the amount paid out can be as high as DKK 33,063.
Nevertheless, studies carried out by the municipalities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense have shown that many parents are not better off in their situation.
Parents are entitled to lost earnings if it can be demonstrated that the child needs greater care than what is offered at the educational institution.
High risk of aquaplaning today due to heavy rain
Several police forces across the country have warned motorists of the increased risk of aquaplaning due to the torrential downpours that are currently falling across the country. Sønderjylland Police have already reported several cases, and there are warnings on the E20 and E45 motorways advising motorists to keep an eye on their speed. Too much water on the road can cause the tires to lose contact with the ground and thus make it impossible to steer – a condition known as aquaplaning.
Police claim they have a human trafficking ringleader in custody
The police in western Copenhagen suspect that a man who was recently arrested in France and returned to Denmark yesterday is the mastermind of a human trafficking operation, in connection with which they have already arrested three people. An international warrant was issued for the 36-year-old Romanian in the autumn, and he was seized in Bayonne on 13 December. He appeared before Glostrup Court today, but the hearing was held behind closed doors.
Former prime minister meets Taiwan’s president
Amid growing tensions between China and Taiwan, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen met earlier today with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of the island nation, in his capacity as chairman of the Alliance of Democracies. “I am here to show my strong support for your right to live in freedom and peace,” he told the president. Rasmussen, who also served as Secretary General of NATO from 2009 to 2014, will stay in Taiwan until Thursday.
The handball team is frustrated by corona restrictions
The Danish handball team is a little frustrated with the IHF governing body ahead of the start of the handball World Cup in Sweden and Poland on January 11, as they impose strict corona rules on all participating teams. “We have just seen a football World Cup, which is somewhat bigger than a handball World Cup, where corona has not been mentioned once. So it’s a shame, we have to spend time and effort on it,” complained national coach Nikolaj Jacobsen. Should any players test positive for corona, they will have to self-isolate for five days and then need a negative test to resume participation. Denmark will play their group games in Sweden.
Hundreds of Coop supermarkets close earlier this weekend
Don’t let it be too late this weekend to shop in your local SuperBrugsen or Kvickly. Owner Coop has confirmed that 150 of the stores will no longer be open after 19:00 at the weekend. Coop, which closed all its Fakta stores during the second half of 2022, took the decision in light of rising costs – both goods and energy. A further 150 independent SuperBrugsen stores may also adjust their opening hours, it added.
Denmark’s first commercial satellite enjoys a successful launch
The first Danish commercial satellite is now orbiting the Earth after a successful launch yesterday. Aalborg company Sternula will use its satellite to monitor global shipping – the first of 60 it intends to launch in 2029. The satellite’s successful journey, from its 15:56 launch aboard a Falcon 9 Transporter 6 rocket that operated by the American company SpaceX, to make contact with an earth station on Svalbard, took 66 minutes.
The latest Messerschmidt judgment will not be appealed
The prosecutor’s office has confirmed that they will not appeal the December verdict that acquitted the leader of the Danish People’s Party, Morten Messerschmidt, of fraud charges in connection with alleged falsification of documents to obtain EU funds. “The decision is based, among other things, on a review of the judgment’s premises and the case’s evidence as well as the course of the case – not least the course after the charges, which led to two main negotiations in, among other things, the high court,” explained state attorney Jens-Christian Bülow in a statement.
Fire chief who became arsonist gets three years
A 51-year-old man who pleaded guilty yesterday to starting 55 fires at Egtved in Southern Denmark between 2018 and 2022 was sentenced to three years in prison. Oddly enough, he was a former volunteer manager of a local fire station. However, he did not admit to starting the 400-hectare fire in Randbøl in 2018, which 100 firefighters spent more than three days tackling, and over 30 other fires.
Source: The Nordic Page