Wallonian call to 'fine' parents of truants

24th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 April 2006, BRUSSELS — Child allowance payments should be taken away from the parents of children who are chronic truants, Wallonian Youth Minister Catherine Fonck said on Monday.

24 April 2006

BRUSSELS — Child allowance payments should be taken away from the parents of children who are chronic truants, Wallonian Youth Minister Catherine Fonck said on Monday.

The Humanist CDH minister made her statement during a debate over youth criminality after the murder of Brussels teenager Joe Van Holsbeeck earlier this month.

Fonck said besides rights, parents also have responsibilities. But she said schools should first make contact with the parents of truanting children and assist them in resolving the situation.

"But if they don’t do anything after various warnings, we must be able to penalise them," she said.

There are some 3,000 chronic truants in the Francophone education system in Belgium. In Flanders, that number increases to 4,000.

Meanwhile, the federal government said on Monday it will unveil several concrete proposals on Tuesday to combat youth crime.

The proposals will be presented by Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (Liberal VLD), Interior Minister Patrick Dewael (VLD) and Socialist PS Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx.

The initiative comes after Verhofstadt said on Sunday that the government will place greater focus on preventing youth crime, such as extortion. He said intensified efforts will be made at a national and local level.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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