THE TRUANCY TROUBLE.
Messrs M. Cohen and D. 11. Hastings, the presiding justices at the Police Court this morning were called upon to deal with a batch of truancy summonses laid under the Education Act charging parents with not sending their children to school at least six times in any week in the course of which the school was open nine times. Genres?. Garrick, against whom two charges were read, failed to appear. Inspector Aitken explained that the parents of the boy lived within a few doors of the Keusin"ton School. The lnd knocked about the streets selling papers. He was ten years o!d, and had not vet passed any standard. The father, who was in steady empioymeut, liatl been nineteen times previously convicted for similar offences. The Bench inflicted a fine of 2s in each case.— David Wilson Gearrie Turnbv.ll, and Alexander Matlrie, who were similarly charged, were also mulcted in the sum of 2s, while a charge against Joseph Bees was withdrawn, and one against Annie Ilvuhcs adjourned for four weeks.
Mr Cohen Raid that had the father of the boy Garnck made his appearance in court the Bench had made up their minds to say some plain truths to him. That in this community a child should be growing up over ten years of age with practical y no education at all was little short of a public scandal. Ihe colony-was spending a very large sum of money every year in providing the means for imparting a sound primary education to all the youth of the colony, but there wag unfortunately good reason for saying that numbers of children were growing up with little or no education. The State, if it did not do its duty in seeing that every child received such an edution as would fit him or her to worthily discharge the duties of citizenship, was creatine for itself additional trouble in the near future, as the ill-educated would sooner or later drift into the criminal classes, and so cause the country more expense in checking crime. Parents, too had their responsibilities to their offspring, and they should be made to discharge these responsibilities, lo call upon the honorary magistrates to indict what were after all merely nominal penalties was no way of coping with this serious and, ho was sorry to say, growing evil in the towns. He and his brother magistrate, who had been concerned in the administration of the Education Act, knew how school work was hampered by these continual absences of scholars of the class they had had before them that day; and they had the evidence of their own eyes that boys and girls, often of tender years, were to be found in the streets at all times and hours when they should be either in the schoolroom or in their beds. It was simply shocking that so many voung boys and girls should be wasting their time in idleness and worse, and it was quite easy to guess what the fate of most of them would be. He hoped that by thus publicly calhng.attentiontowhatwasa serious social sore that the members of the Legislature and others interested would be impelled to deal with the evil in an effective manner.
r, J r , Hastln £ s said he quite agreed with Mr Cohens remarks. He had himself seen a large number of small boys and even small girls selling newspapers during the day, and it seemed to him that it was a pity the Legislature had not taken steps to deal with the evil in a proper manner
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THE TRUANCY TROUBLE., Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897
THE TRUANCY TROUBLE. Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897
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