Provision is made for truant, dependent, neglected and delinquent children.
Since 1850 truant and compulsory attendance laws (the first compulsory education law was passed in 1642) have been enforced in conjunction with laws against child labour.
He was not remarkable at school for application to his studies, though his wonderful memory enabled him to make good progress in them; he frequently played truant and was whipped for it, robbed orchards, and indulged in other questionable schoolboy freaks; nor did he always come out of his scrapes with honour and a character for truthfulness.
School attendance is compulsory between the ages of eight and fourteen, and is enforced by truant officers.
The average age of truant students is 15 years, but some children begin skipping school as young as 10.