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62 prosecutions for truancy in RCT since September

62 parents or guardians have been prosecuted in Rhondda Cynon Taf since September for allowing their children to miss school.

The council says that between the start of the academic year in September 2012 and April 2013, those parents and guardians had to pay more than £19,000 in fines, costs and surcharges, in its crackdown on truancy.

It says that a child who misses ten school days per year will have missed almost a whole year of education by the time they reach 16.

Pupils are expected to attend school for a total of 11 years, but the average pupil in Rhondda Cynon Taf only attends for ten.