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'''Truancy''' is a general term applied to a failure to attend as expected in order to discharge ones expected responsbilities and duties. [[School tuancy]] is the term applied when there is a failure to attend school.
'''Truancy''' is a term used to describe any intentional unauthorized absence from [[compulsory schooling]]. The term typically refers to absences caused by students on their own free will, and usually does not refer to legitimate "excused" absences, such as ones related to a medical condition. The exact meaning of the term itself is subject to differ from school to school, and is usually explicitly defined in the school's handbook of policies and procedures. Truancy is the term referring to an absence associated with the most brazen student irresponsibility and results in the greatest consequences.
 
   
 
==See also==
It may also refer to students who attend school but do not go to classes.
 
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[[Category:Truancy]]
Beyond the effect that missed schooling may have on a [[student]]'s educational attainment, truancy may indicate more deeply embedded problems with the student, the [[Education|education system]], or both. Truancy is commonly associated with [[juvenile delinquency]]. In some schools, truancy may result in an ineligibility to graduate or to receive credit for class attended, until the time lost to truancy is made up through a combination of [[Detention (academia)|detention]], fines, or [[summer school]].
 
 
Several studies indicate a high correlation between chronic truancy and poverty.{{Fact|date=March 2007}} Truancy may also be prevalent in dysfunctional families or among children placed in the care of local authorities.
 
 
Truancy has numerous slang terms invented by students:
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
|-
 
! Country
 
! Common Terms
 
|-
 
| the UK
 
| ''bunking off'', ''bobbing'', ''wagging'', ''dogging'' (Scotland), ''skiving'', ''beaking'' (Northern Ireland) or ''Mitching''
 
|-
 
| Ireland
 
| ''going on the hop'' or ''going on the lang'' or "mitching" or "going on the mitch"
 
|-
 
| North America
 
| ''playing hooky'', ''jigging'', ''ditching'', ''skipping'', ''pipping'', ''sluffing'', ''dipping'', ''kidding'', ''cutting'' class or ''a self-motivated field trip.''
 
|-
 
| India
 
| ''bunking'', ''cutting class''
 
|-
 
| Jamaica
 
| ''sculling''
 
|-
 
| Australia and New Zealand
 
| ''wagging'', ''bunking'', ''ditching'' or ''jigging''
 
|-
 
| Romania
 
| ''chiuli''
 
|-
 
|}
 
 
==Dealing with truancy==
 
 
 
In the United Kingdom, a [[police officer]] who suspects a child of the correct age to be deliberately missing school for no legitimate reason, has the power to take that child to the school he or she is supposed to attend.<ref>''The Beat Companion, 12 Edition'' [[2006]]</ref>
 
 
In the Unitied States truancy laws are usually enforced by officials of a school or school district. In addition, many states provide for the appointment of local [[truancy officers]] who have the power to arrest truant youth and bring them to their parents or to the school they are supposed to attend. It is an office which, where it exists, is often held by a person also a constable or sheriff. However, the position of a full-time truancy officer is generally viewed as being a relic from the 19th century when mandatory school attendance was relatively new, and truancy regulations today are generally enforced by school officials under the context of parental responsibility.
 
 
Students cite [[boredom]] and loss of interest in school, irrelevant courses, [[bullying]], [[depression]], suspensions and bad [[relationship]]s with the teachers as the major factors of truancy.
 
 
==See also==
 
*[[School phobia]]
 
*[[School refusal]]
 
 
==References==
 
 
<references/>
 
 
[[Category:Educational psychology]]
 
 
:de:Schulverweigerung
 
:eo:Lernej-evitado
 
[[nl:Spijbelen]]
 
[[pl:Wagary]]
 
[[sv:Skolk]]
 

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Truancy is a general term applied to a failure to attend as expected in order to discharge ones expected responsbilities and duties. School tuancy is the term applied when there is a failure to attend school.

See also