ACT wants to fine parents of truant children
ACT is proposing to fine parents of children not attending school as part of their policy to tackle New Zealand's "shocking" attendance rates.
ACT leader David Seymour and education spokesperson Chris Baillie unveiled a range of solutions to deal with New Zealand's truancy crisis, including consequences for parents and schools.
"A good education is the most important thing kids need if they're to grow up to have a fulfilling life and be contributing members of society," Seymour said.
"When I entered Parliament, I made education my focus. I was responsible for Charter Schools which had high attendance rates and inspired children who the education system wasn't working for. We need more out of the box thinking to keep students engaged."
Baillie, a former teacher, said New Zealand's education system has been in "decline" for several years and it's "important" kids are turning up regularly to school.
Link to video and article: 'Need more out of the box thinking': ACT wants to fine parents of truant children (msn.com)