ELDA has seen a small but worrying increase in unofficial absences from schools with 280 cases being reported last month across the towns secondary and primary schools. The town hall has now set up a commission on truancy which comes under the control of the Education Department and its councillor Laura Rizo. The main goal of the commission is, not surprisingly, to reduce unauthorised absences. They are bringing in new protocols to intervene in truancy cases, to replace the thirty year old guidelines currently in place which most agree are obsolete. A working party has also been set up involving educators, parents and the town hall and it is hoped to come up with further initiatives.