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Mum jailed for failing to make children go to school.

A MOTHER from Merthyr Tydfil has been given a nine-week custodial sentence after failing to ensure that her children attended school.

The parent was prosecuted under the Education Act 1996 for failing to ensure a child's attendance at school in the autumn term of 2011, and again on three counts in March 2012, where she received a six-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months.

With no improvement in the children's attendance, and a fresh prosecution for the same offence in June 2012, the magistrates awarded a custodial sentence of nine weeks, stating this was "the worst case of school non-attendance they had heard".

Councillor Harvey Jones, cabinet member for education, said: "Non-school attendance will not be tolerated in the county borough and the education welfare service works hard to ensure that all children attend school in order to benefit their future.

"Education is paramount to children."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 25, 2012
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