MORE than 10,000 Scots children are missing out on at least two weeks of lessons a year because their parents take them on holiday during term-time.
Pupils already get 11 weeks holiday a year but some parents put pressure on headteachers to approve extended absence which has been dubbed as “middle-class truancy”.
Many parents seek to plan holidays during term-time as holidays are generally cheaper than at peak periods.
New figures show that 10,645 pupils missed more than two weeks of classes last year and a further 2200 were excused from classes due to exceptional circumstances.
At one stage the Government considered a total ban on term-time holidays but backtracked in fear of a backlash from parents.
A Government spokesman said unauthorised absences applied to only 1.6 per cent of pupils.