A KIRKLEES couple have been fined for not registering their child at school.
The couple, both Hungarian, were ordered to send their 15-year-old son to school, but failed to comply with an order by Kirklees Council to register him.
It led to them appearing at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Council officials became worried that the boy was not getting any education and ordered his parents to register him at a Huddersfield school.
But the boy, who cannot be identified, wanted to go to a school in Dewsbury.
Truancy officers were led to believe the boy was no longer in the country.
But on November 21 and December 20 last year he was seen around Huddersfield, on the latter occasion with his father. Carol Holberry, prosecuting for the council, said: “The law states that every child must receive compulsory school education until they are 16.
“All children must be registered at a school for this.
“The local authority can serve on the parents of that child a requirement for them to register at a specific school.
“That requires the parents to register their child at a school and ensure that they attend that school.
“In this particular matter there have been problems with non-attendance by the defendants’ child.
“The education social work department was led to believe that he was no longer in the country.
“But he was seen by officers of the local authority still in the Huddersfield area.”
On February 29 the parents were given 15 days to register their son at a Huddersfield school.
But by the cut-off date in March, and by the end of the school term, he was still not registered.
Giving evidence through an interpreter the father said: “He wanted to go to a school in Dewsbury.
“He simply wasn’t prepared to go to that Huddersfield school.”
His mother said: “We tried to have him registered at a different school but could not.
“This child was difficult to handle; we could not get anywhere with him.”
Both mother and father pleaded guilty to failing to register their child at a school.
The magistrates fined each defendant £65, ordered them to pay a £15 victim surcharge each and £125 court costs.