TRUANCY FINES FOR 30 FAMILIES; Parents made to pay as children skip school.Byline: JON TUNNEY Education Reporter
THIRTY more families have been hit with fixed fines in a tough truancy crackdown.
In June, families in Liverpool Liverpool, city (1991 pop. 448,300), NW England, on the Mersey River near its mouth. It is one of Britain's largest cities. A large center for food processing (especially flour and sugar), Liverpool has a variety of industries, including the manufacture of electrical were the first in the country to be sent penalty notices after the government launched its new policy.
The parents of the city's top 10 truants were targeted for the pounds 50 fines, with the result that eight of the youngsters are now regularly back in class while two are being taken to court for failing to pay.
Education chiefs see this as such a success that a new wave of fine notices have been sent out.
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She vowed tough action would be used again in future if she thought it was needed.
She said: ``Although we would far rather work and support parents and carers in improving attendance without resorting to the use of any enforcement, we will use options open to us if this is the only way of securing a child's schooling.
``Reducing absence from school is a key priority nationally and locally because missing school seriously affects children's long-term life opportunities and leaves them vulnerable to anti-social behaviour and youth crime. ''
The news of Liverpool's crackdown comes as results of the latest truancy sweeps were released by the government. Patrols carried out in March in the region saw 350 truants picked up when they should have been in school.
Liverpool recorded the biggest number, with 155 youngsters stopped for being out of the classroom with no good reason. Director of education Colin Col´in
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He said: ``The penalty notice scheme is still in its early stages but so far it has had positive results.
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2. to parents who keep their children away from school without good reason or permission.
``Despite an improvement in attendance levels, we're tough on this. We want children to make the most of their education so that they can enjoy a better future. ''
TOUGH STANCE: COLIN HILTON