We are all simple creatures at heart. If doing something which is easily discovered, carries a severe penalty and the likelihood of that penalty being carried out is a certainty, then funnily enough we are less likely to do it than if there is no real deterrent.
The Government has spent a fortune on 'initiatives' to combat truancy. Todays figures show it might as well have been poured down the drain.
Whenever words like 'combat' are used to describe a new idea, with its suggestion of strong decisive action; you can be sure that it will be nothing of the sort.
I reckon the best thing to do would be to talk a bit tougher and start 'Waging War on Truancy'