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Harsh lessons for absent pupils; SOCIETY.

Teenagers who refuse to stay on in education when the leaving age rises to 18 will be forced to attend weekend detention centres under plans published yesterday.

The punishment would involve sending teenagers to "attendance centres" for three hours on Saturdays in order to deprive them of their leisure time and restrict their liberty.

Under the plan, teenagers will be served with an attendance order if they fail to turn up to their courses.

This carries the threat of pounds 50 fixed penalty fines or possible court action and a pounds 200 fine.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families said the use of attendance centres would be rare and just one option available to the courts, alongside curfews and community service.

It would be used to punish 16 and 17-year-olds who persistently refuse to comply with orders to attend college, school or training and who fail to pay fines.
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