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13.4.3 Absences from study for primary and secondary students

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13.4.3 Absences from study for primary and secondary students

See paragraph 2.10 of the Instruments

Where a primary or secondary student ceases to participate in the normal activities of a course for more than fifteen days in any year without reasonable cause, the Commission may review the student’s eligibility for continuing benefits under the Scheme and may suspend the payment of allowances.

Where the Board is satisfied that the student’s absence is due to sickness or reasons beyond the student’s control, the absences may be disregarded.

Where the Board is satisfied that the absences are without reasonable cause and the student’s progress has been affected, the case may be referred to the Commission and the Commission may determine that the education allowance and/or other benefits will be suspended.

The Commission may determine that the student’s benefits will be restored if it is satisfied that the student has resumed satisfactory progress.