When truancy was an offence

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I’VE just heard that truancy is at its highest-ever level, but to be surprised you would have to have lived on another planet because at all times of day there are endless groups of kids hanging about, especially round the city centre. This must impress any visitors.

I often wonder what happened to all our money that Tony Blair threw at the problem because the present system is a joke.

To find one that worked, look no further than the 40s and 50s, when truancy was treated as a serious offence and parents, as well as children, could often face imprisonment. Trouble is, our prisons are fit to bust.

BK, Sheffield