Mandaue mulls penalties on parents of kids who skip school

September 7, 2010 10:09 am 

MANDAUE CITY, Sept. 7 –- Mandaue City legislators are studying a proposed ordinance that will penalize parents or guardians in the city once their children skip school, as well as punish business establishments where these children are caught during school hours.

The proposed ordinance, drafted by Councilor Demetrio Cortes Jr., was referred to the committee on laws, chaired by Councilor Nenita Layese for study.

The draft Anti-Truancy Ordinance, which was approved on first reading last Wednesday, proposes disciplinary measure against elementary and high school pupils under 18 years old who are absent from school without a valid cause.

Among the targets of the proposed ordinance are establishments, like Internet cafes or gaming centers, where some children choose to spend the school day.

The ordinance also seeks to keep students away from harm or delinquency.

Its provisions include the creation of a Truancy Board chaired by the mayor, with members from the City Council, Department of Education, Philippine National Police, the Association of Barangay Councils and PTA federation.

There was no mention of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation being represented in the board.

As proposed, erring pupils will be brought to the nearest police station for counseling, before being escorted to their parents or school.

After repeated violations, pupils will be made to attend barangay council sessions and undergo counseling arranged by barangay officials.

Parents and school authorities will be fined P300 or jailed for not less than 10 days, or face both penalties.

Business establishments will be fined P1,000 for the first offense, P2,000 for the second offense and P3,000 for the third offense.

Their license will be revoked upon the fourth offense, to be returned only after the owner undergoes a seminar on how to prevent further violations. (PNA)

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