Para além dos países da Europa do Norte, Isabel Alçada nomeou outros países como exemplares no combate ao abandono e insucesso na entrevista que deu à SIC no fim de semana. Especificou, por exemplo, a Austrália e o Canadá.
Sobre a Austrália, só um pequeno detalhe (a medida data de há 2 anos e já é posterior a esta outra, draconiana, de prender os pais que, repetidamente, não assegurassem a ida à escola dos filhos):
On August 27, education minister Julia Gillard tabled legislation enabling welfare recipients’ payments to be denied for up to three months if their children were regularly absent from school.
“The key thing for us is to make the education revolution real for all kids, including those kids where school attendance is a real problem”, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told the August 25 Daily Telegraph. “Obviously there can’t be an education revolution for kids if they’re not at school, and we are determined to make sure across Australia that they are attending schools properly.”
The proposed scheme will be trialled in eight areas: six Northern Territory communities, the Perth suburb of Cannington and one more metropolitan area that is as yet undecided.
Under the legislation, proving that children are regularly attending school would be a condition for receiving all Centrelink-based payments except the Family Tax Benefit. Instances in which children were absent from school without good reason would result in a 13-week suspension of welfare payments, with reinstated payments and back-pay conditional on “parents [meeting] their responsibilities relating to enrolment and attendance within 13 weeks”, the August 26 Age reported.
E para debate:
Dois anos depois, parece que as coisas ainda andam complicadas:
Por lá, parece que os sindicatos apoiam esta linha dura: