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truancy

noun [U] uk   /ˈtruː.ən.si/ ( UK also truanting) us  
the problem or situation of children being absent from school regularly without permission: My daughter's school has very good exam results and hardly any truancy. Truanting was a serious problem in a fifth of the schools surveyed.
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