Police escort for Hungarian kids who skip class

Parliament bill aims to improve ‘public order’

Hungarian children who skip school could now be escorted to class by police under an amendment approved on Thursday by parliament.

The amendment to the police law, submitted by Interior Minister Sandor Pinter, was passed with 252 votes, while 43 deputies voted against it.

All children under 14 could now be escorted to school and to the principal's office by police officers, if they skip school without an excuse and are found unaccompanied by an adult.

The aim of the bill was to improve "public order," according to the text, published on the parliament's website. 

The law is to come into force on January 1, 2013.

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