Mother chided over truant girl

"You are the parent. She is the child. It's up to you to ensure that she goes to school."

A woman was slated by Judge Christina Cook in the Invercargill District Court yesterday for failing to ensure her daughter's attendance at school. She was fined $275.

The court was told the woman's daughter failed to attend Southland Girls' High School 73 1/2 days between February 4 and September 19.

Defence lawyer Tanya McCullum said the woman had tried everything she could to get her daughter to go to school but it had not worked.

She accepted it was her responsibility to make sure she attended.

The judge said every child deserved an education and every parent had an obligation to ensure that for their child.

The girl's attendance failure was chronic and prolonged, she said.


The Southland Times