Education Minister: Fine the parents of regular truants

A fine of up to £60 could be imposed on the parents of children who regularly miss school.

The Education Minister Leighton Andrews wants to introduce fixed penalties because although the truancy rate is going down in Wales, he says it's still a cause for concern.

Councils would have the power to enforce the fine, which would rise to £120 if not paid within the month.

Persistent absenteeism can have a detrimental effect on a child’s education. Research has shown that a pupil who misses 17 days of school, authorised or unauthorised, can drop a GCSE grade across all subjects.

To put it simply, when a child is not in school, that child is not learning.

– Leighton Andrews AM, Education Minister