Truancy fines condemned as backwards step

Plaid Cymru has criticised Welsh Government plans to impose fines on parents whose children repeatedly play truant as a 'retrograde step.'

They have not worked when they were introduced in England. The Education Minister needs to state where any money raised will go.

A Plaid Cymru Government would consider approaches such as the use of home school liaison officers to tackle absenteeism, so policies support pupils and their families, rather than penalise them by fining them. There is a correlation between areas of high deprivation and high levels of absenteeism.

– Simon Thomas AM, Plaid Cymru Education spokesman

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Truancy fines plan criticised

The Welsh Government says it is pushing ahead with a plan to introduce fines for parents on persistent truancy, to be introduced this September. Plaid Cymru has described it as a 'retrograde step.'