PARENTS' RIGHT TO DECIDE School Authority Put In Its Place
When Mr. John Jaggers, master in a secondary school, was summoned at Hendon police court on Monday for failing to send his six-year-old boy to Deansbrook School, Hendon, he successfully contended that a parent has the right to decide if his child is fit to attend school.
It was admitted by the prosecution that the education authority could not force a parent to supply a medical certificate.
Joggers said lie objected to a school medical certificate, as it was delegating his authority as a parent to someone outside the household.
"I contend that I alone can decide when my child shall go to school," he said. The magistrates dismissed the summons.