Thursday, August 11, 2005
'These are children who have problems beforehand following what's going on at school,' Hvilshøj said. 'Not being there when the school year starts won't make it any easier. We need to make parents understand that if their children are to get a good chance in Denmark, they need to make sure that they are there when school starts.' Khalid Alsubeihi, immigrant spokesman in Copenhagen's Nørrebro quarter, said he agreed that parents were responsible for getting their children to show up in school. He said more communication was needed between schools and parents. 'The lack of communication goes both ways,' Alsubeihi said. 'Schools need to get better at explaining to parents that their children will suffer from not participating in classes, and parents need to accept more responsibility for their children's studies.' Author and journalist Rushy Rahsid said she had often gone on long vacations to Pakistan with her parents as a child. 'Families go on such long trips to give their children a healthy dose of religion, culture, traditions, and family,' she said. 'If you buy a very expensive ticket, you want to take full advantage of the trip and meet the entire family.'