The number of elementary and junior high school children who were frequently truant during the 1998-99 school year jumped by more than 20 percent from the previous year, according to a government report on juvenile problems released Friday.
The report by the Management and Coordination Agency says the number of students who were truant at least 30 days in elementary schools reached 26,017 during the 1998-99 school year. The number was up 25.3 percent from the 1997-98 school year.

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