Call for rethink on parents' spot fines
PROPOSALS to bring in fines for parents of truant youngsters have been questioned after an increase in unauthorised absences in England.
Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews has asked civil servants to draw up regulations on fixed penalty notices for parents of youngsters skipping school, the system currently used in England.
But Plaid Cymru education spokesman Simon Thomas has called on the Labour Government to rethink the proposals after it was revealed the number of unauthorised absences over the border has increased since the spot fines were introduced.
In England the number of unauthorised absences rose in primary schools from 0.4 per cent in 2002/3 to 0.7 per cent in 2010/11. In English state-funded secondary schools there has been a similar rise.
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Mr Thomas said: "The Labour Welsh Government claims to be standing up for the most vulnerable in our society. If the plans to fine parents becomes a reality that they will be targeting those they have promised to defend."