Warning to parents after Burnley and Pendle truancy sweep

First published in Burnley Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

EDUCATION bosses have given a fresh warning to parents in Burnley and Pendle after a truancy sweep snared the families of four absentee pupils.

Schools’ chiefs say court action will only be used as a last resort – but prosecutions will be mounted if problems persist.

Burnley has some of the county’s worst absenteeism figures and there are ongoing efforts with schools to address the issue.

In the latest round of prosecutions, Shewly Akhtar and Shah Hussain, of Ennismore Street, Burnley, were prosecuted over the failure of eight-year-od Taibah Shah to attend Heasandford Primary. Each was fined £35 with £25 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Syeda Akter and Syed Hasan Ali, of Leamington Avenue, Burnley, were convicted over a similar offence, at the same school, involving 10-year-old Syeda Khatun. They each received fines of £100 with £25 costs and the £15 victim surcharge.

Naila Kauser and Mohammed Khan, of Southfield Street, Nelson, were similarly convicted over the non-attendance of five-year-old Alishba Kauser, at Walverden Primary, provoking fines of £400 apiece with £25 costs and the surcharge.

Mike Snelson, senior education adviser at Lancashire County Council, said: “Taking parents to court over non-attendance at school is a serious matter which we always consider carefully.

“Schools try to engage with parents before absenteeism becomes a serious problem and support is available from schools and the local authority for parents who are experiencing difficulties. If this does not improve the situation, a penalty notice may be issued.

“If this fails, we have a duty to consider whether prosecution is required in order to ensure a child’s right to an education. However our aim is not to punish parents but to ensure children receive a good education.”

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8:41pm Mon 12 Nov 12

golazzo says...

Any reason why the families prosecuted were of Asian backgrounds
Any reason why the families prosecuted were of Asian backgrounds golazzo
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8:54pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Sajdin says...

golazzo wrote:
Any reason why the families prosecuted were of Asian backgrounds
More then likely because they had taken the children to Pakistan / India / Kashmir to visit they family. Nothing wrong with that, but would have been nice to let the school know !
[quote][p][bold]golazzo[/bold] wrote: Any reason why the families prosecuted were of Asian backgrounds[/p][/quote]More then likely because they had taken the children to Pakistan / India / Kashmir to visit they family. Nothing wrong with that, but would have been nice to let the school know ! Sajdin
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9:17pm Mon 12 Nov 12

bikerjohn_uk says...

golazzo wrote:
Any reason why the families prosecuted were of Asian backgrounds
Er...well my guess is that it was because they'd broken the law? It doesn't just apply to those of Anglo-Saxon heritage...
[quote][p][bold]golazzo[/bold] wrote: Any reason why the families prosecuted were of Asian backgrounds[/p][/quote]Er...well my guess is that it was because they'd broken the law? It doesn't just apply to those of Anglo-Saxon heritage... bikerjohn_uk
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