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Mother in court for son's truancy
A mother is being prosecuted because of her son's repeated truancy. The 14-year old has missed half the school year at Kapiti College, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu.
His mother has said that the boy cannot attend because he has no shoes or text books. However, the Education Act states that all under-16s are obliged to attend.
It is estimated that 30,000 children are truant each week. However, there have only been 30 prosecutions since 2006.
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