School truancy prosecutions in NEELB area rockets to almost 70 per year

Staff canteen'Photo by Willie Donnellan

Staff canteen'Photo by Willie Donnellan

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There has been a huge increase in the number of prosecutions over truancy at schools in the Northern Eastern Education and Library Borad area which covers Mid Ulster.

Figures released by the Depertment of Education revealed there were no prosecutions in either 2008/09 or 2009/10.

There were six prosecutuions in 2010/11, and 10 in 2011/12. But last year 2012/2013 the number of prosecutions rocketed to 68.