Last week I looked at the plummeting rates of attendance -- and the various attempts by the Northern Territory government to address it -- at remote schools in the NT. Today I want to have a closer look at one of those schools where these issues are crystalising into a crisis at the heart of the administration of remote education in the NT. At 850 kilometres south-west from Darwin, and just a bit further from Alice Springs, Lajamanu is as about as remote as you can get in the NT. As this graph shows, attendance at Lajamanu School has been in freefall for several years. In the September quarter of 2010 the attendance rate at Lajamanu fell to 37% of enrolments.

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Source: Greg Dickson, Australian National University