Should kids be awarded for attending school.

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Mom sparks debate: Should kids win prizes for perfect school attendance?

A mom has argued that her child is being punished for staying absent because prizes are given to kids who have 100% attendance.

Should kids be awarded for attending school.

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One concerned mother recently headed online to ask her fellow moms whether or not it was a good idea to reward school children for having 100% class attendance. The question came after her daughter’s teacher offered rewards for students who missed no school days.

Her question sparked a number of responses from people online who shared their thoughts – unsurprisingly, many thought it wasn’t a terrible idea.

Should kids get rewarded for perfect school attendance?

Children attending school regularly is a must. For teachers who want to make sure everyone is keeping up, perfect attendance is a must.

In fact, one teacher felt so strongly about this that she decided to start rewarding her students with prizes and chocolates if they don’t miss any days at school.

According to a Jacaranda FM article, this did not sit well with one mother who headed to Netmums, a parenting website, to complain that kids that stayed absent were “being punished” by the teacher.

“I’m starting to get really annoyed, my girl Ash, age 6, her school headmistress is big on attendance,” she wrote.

“Every month the teachers give out prizes in class to kids well dine you 100 % attendance.. all you others who were ill n had a say off noooo no chocolate n pressie for you!”.

She ended off by saying that she is now forced to send her daughter in even when she’s sick just so she doesn’t feel left out when prizes are given.

Other moms share their thoughts

“This isn’t a new thing. I only got it once and I’m still proud! It helps the kids (like my eldest) who prefer to stay off for every small cold rather than go to school. I would say it’s a positive rather than a negative thing,” one user, Vickie Vee commented.

One parent did not agree and said that she would be upset if this happened at her child’s school:

“This also penalises kids with physical illness or SEND-related issues both my kids are special needs and I wouldn’t be happy about this,” she wrote.

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