Two schools in Dublin are operating a pilot scheme to alert parents by text message when their children are playing truant.

Portmarnock Community School and Manor House in the Irish capital’s Raheny suburb, are using a computerised database to record students who fail to turn up for lessons.

The system automatically sends out a message to parents when children miss the morning roll-call.

David Sweeney, principal at the Portmarnock school, explained “It’s a simple way to filter out students who are missing.

“If the absenteeism is legitimate, parents can ignore the message. If not, they can ring the school.

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