Tuesday, August 02, 2005


At what point should Government give up on a problem? Since 1997, £885m has been spent on anti-truancy 'initiatives' yet truancy rates have continued as before. Is one further leap in expenditure needed or should Government realise that money alone will not solve every problem in society?

It seems preferable to spend £885m on the 98% of pupils who actually attend school rather than the 2% who don't. They can look forward to a life on benefits or in prison!! If hardcore truants are not causing mischief in class, it may even be a blessing in disguise for other pupils who want to learn and their teachers too.

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