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British children skip scary amounts of school: says government

An average of about 69,000 children bunk school every day in Britain, official figures have revealed.

world Updated: Aug 26, 2010 15:04 IST

An average of about 69,000 children bunk school every day in Britain, official figures have revealed. Unauthorised absence has led to more than 3.7 million school days being lost in this year's spring term.

The rise is partially blamed on more recession-hit families taking kids on holiday during term time. A substantial increase in primary school Students skipping classes without permission pushed up the absentee rate in England and Wales, the department of education said.

But in secondary schools, the number of kids taking time off fell slightly. And overall days lost at all schools, both authorised and unauthorised, also fell. apart from truancy, time taken off for family holidays and sicknesses are also counted as unauthorised absence.

Around 1.4 million days were lost to taking holidays in the spring.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb welcomed the small drop in the overall absence rate, but cautioned by saying that in his opinion the level of absenteeism is still too high, and children miss out on valuable lessons, hence despite the drop in overall absence rate, he would still like to see more children in school.