If the person to whom notice has been given fails to comply with it within the twenty-four hours, then the medical officer, or some person duly authorised by him, may remove the child and detain it in suitable premises until the cleansing has been effected.

The examination and cleansing of girls shall only be effected by a qualified medical practitioner or by a woman who is duly authorised.

Neglectful Parents

Where the person or clothing of a child has been cleansed by a local education authority, and the person liable to maintain the child allows it to get into such a condition that it becomes necessary to have it cleansed again, such parent, guardian, or person renders himself liable to be brought before a magistrate and fined 1os.

Elementary Education

It is the duty of the parent of every child between the ages of five and fourteen to cause it to receive efficient elementary instruction in reading, writing, and arithmetic.

No person, under a penalty of forty shillings, is to take into his employment a child of twelve or upwards who has not obtained a fourth standard certificate or of previous due attendance at a certified efficient school, unless such child is employed and is attending school as a " half-timer " under the provisions of the Factory Acts. Exceptions are made where there is no public elementary school within two miles of the child's residence, measured according to the nearest road, and in case of employment during holidays or out of school hours.

A sufficient amount of accommodation must be provided by the educational authority without payment of fees; the Board of Education, however, have power to sanction a fee not exceeding 6d. a week, but in practice is averse to it.

Free meals may be provided for the'children, to the cost of which the parents may or may not be required to contribute.

Guides and conveyances and reasonable travelling expenses may be provided for and allowed to children who by reason of distance or of some physical or mental defect would otherwise be unable to attend school.

No religious catechism or religious formulary which is distinctive of any particular denomination may be taught.

Where a parent habitually neglects to provide efficient elementary instruction for his child, or where any child is found habitually wandering, or not under proper control, or in the company of rogues and vagabonds, a school attendance order may be made, on the complaint of the local education authority, by a magistrate or justices. If the attendance order is not then complied with, the parent may be fined, or the child sent to a certified industrial school.

Reasonable Excuse

It is a reasonable excuse for a parent failing to cause his child to attend school as required by the by-laws if the child is under efficient instruction in some other manner, or if the child had been prevented from attending school by sickness or any unavoidable cause, or if there is no public elementary school which the child can attend within three miles from its residence, or any other excuse which is reasonable.

But if the local education authority provides suitable means of conveyance between a reasonable distance of the child's home and the school, the distance referred to above will not serve as an excuse.

Blind Or Defective Children

In the case of a blind, deaf, defective, or epileptic child, the period of compulsory education extends to sixteen years, and no such child may obtain total or partial exemption under the by-laws from the obligation to attend school.

Glossary Of Child Law

Defective Child.-one who, not being imbecile, and not being merely dull or backward, is incapable, by reason of mental or physical defect, of receiving proper benefit from the ordinary instruction, but not incapable of receiving benefit from instruction in special classes.

Epileptic Child.-one who, not being an idiot or an imbecile, is unfit, by reason of severe epilepsy, to attend the ordinary public elementary schools.