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The problem with truancy

  • PUBLISHED SUN 21:33, 24 JAN 2016
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  • UPDATED MON 18:26, 2 JUL 2018
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and how to minimise it within your family

Truancy is any intentional unauthorized or illegal absence from compulsory education. It is absences caused by students of their own free will, and usually does not refer to legitimate "excused" absences, such as ones related to medical conditions. Truancy is usually explicitly defined in the school's handbook of policies and procedures.[citation needed] Some children whose parents claim to homeschool have also been found truant in the United States.[1] Another term for truancy is playing hooky. Attending school, but not going to class is skipping class/lesson.

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In some schools,[clarification needed] truancy may result in not being able to graduate or to receive credit for class attended, until the time lost to truancy is made up through a combination of detention, fines, or summer school. Truancy is a frequent subject of popular culture; Ferris Bueller's Day Off is about the title character's (played by Matthew Broderick) day of truancy in Chicago with his girlfriend and best friend. Truancy is also the title of a 2008 novel about a student uprising against a dictatorial educational system.


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