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TRUANT 'JAIL' IS SLAMMED.

PLANS to put teenagers in Saturday detention if they skip school were slammed yesterday.

Attendance centres will keep in those refusing education after the leaving age rises to 18.

The Association of School and College Leaders said: "Under 18s should not be criminalised for refusing to learn." The British Youth Council added: "Those at risk of dropping out need support not a criminal record."

But Schools Secretary Ed Balls said: "It's not about forcing people. There will be exciting training options."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 30, 2007
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