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World cup no show fears played down

PUBLISHED: 03:56 31 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

FEARS that truancy and sickies will increase during England's World cup campaign are today being played down by teachers and bosses.

With the World Cup kicking off tomorrow it had been suggested that school children would skip school in order to watch high profile games.

FEARS that truancy and sickies will increase during England's World cup campaign are today being played down by teachers and bosses.

With the World Cup kicking off tomorrow it had been suggested that school children would skip school in order to watch high profile games.

However, head teachers were quick to squash these suggestions and said that they are expecting attendance as normal and they would not tolerate any form of truancy.

On the other hand, work places are getting in to the spirit of the tournament and making televisions available so their employees can watch the important matches.

However, schools are being so kind hearted and will not be making any special arrangements to allow pupils to cheer on England.

Joy Griffiths, PA to the head teacher at Orwell High School, said: "Our policy is that no time will be made available during school time to watch the World Cup.

"We expect every pupil to be in lessons as normal and anybody who is absent will be followed up by the school welfare officer.

This message was echoed by Laurie Robinson head teacher at Copleston High.

Steve Wooldridge, deputy head at Chantry High School, said: "We are not going to make a song and dance about truancy during the World Cup.

"While we appreciate many children will want to watch it and there may be a few late comers to school, we intend to carry on as normal and take things as they come.

"There will be radios and televisions in school and we will do out best to keep the pupils informed of the results."

Graeme Kalbraier, managing director of Direct Motorline, the Evening Star's World Cup campaign official sponsor, said: "Our staff will be watching the England games on TV's in the offices.

"There is a great team spirit in the company which should give us no problems with absenteeism and or 'sickness'. We are also offering them incentives on days when England play."

Insurance giants Willis will also offer staff the opportunity to watch the England games by installing a large T.V screen in the staff restaurant.


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