Parents sentenced for truant children

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A VALENCIA Criminal Court sentenced a mother and father to three months of community service for allowing their child to miss 185 days of school.

According to the final ruling, the parents failed to fully exercise their parental duties and unjustifiably let their child miss approximately six months of school during the 2011-2012 school year. The court concluded that they contravened article 226, 1 of the penal code and were guilty of ‘family abandonment,’ which normally carries a three-month prison sentence.

The Valencia Public Prosecutor’s Office launched a campaign a few years ago to fight school absenteeism, as a result of which more than 200 related proceedings have been initiated every year, with an average 150 complaints being lodged.

Data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that 24 per cent of Spanish students admitted to having unjustifiably missed school one or more days two weeks before the PISA test. 

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