The Flemish Education Minister Pascal Smet (Socialist) introduced the central registration system in an effort to reduce the number of children being taken out of school to go on vacation in the period immediately before or after school holidays.
"In absolute terms the numbers are high”, Mr Set told the paper. “However, as a percentage it’s not too bad. For primary school children its 0.3% of the total and 0.45% for children in secondary education.
Mr Smet says that it is still too early to draw any conclusions.
"Maybe the figures will be completely different around the Christmas holidays.”
The Education Minister will continue to follow the absence figures for the rest of the school year before drawing any conclusion that would affect policy.