THE parents of a north Ceredigion school pupil have been fined more than £800 after failing to ensure that their child attended school regularly.
The parents were summoned to Aberystwyth Magistrates Court in a Ceredigion County Council prosecution, which the authority said it brought as “a last resort”.
The couple were each ordered to pay £440 in fines, as well as £245 each in costs and a victim surcharge of £44 each.
The fines related to the non-regular attendance of the child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, at a school - which also cannot be named - between 3 November 2016 and 30 January this year.
The case was proved in the couple’s absence.
A council spokesperson said: “Ceredigion County Council takes the issue of non-attendance at school very seriously, but will only use legal action against parents as a last resort after all other efforts to get the child back into school on a regular basis have failed."
They added: “If a pupil is not in school, he or she can’t be there to learn.
“The council has a duty to protect the right of the child to have a suitable education and is determined that all its pupils should be able to access the excellent educational opportunities that are on offer in Ceredigion schools.”
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