Welcoming the overall drop in absences published* by the Scottish Executive, COSLA's education spokesman Ewan Aitken said: 'COSLA shares the executive's vision for the education service in Scotland and the drop in absences is both welcome and proof that schemes aimed at helping reduce unauthorised absence are starting to bear fruit.
'Schools are given many tasks in relation to the education of our young people but keeping on top of absences is one area where we need to work in tandem with parents. Schools cannot do it alone parents have a huge role to play.
'Local authorities are absolutely committed to delivering the best possible standard of education to Scotland's children and if parents can endeavour to get their children to attend school we can deliver them a first class education. However I remain concerned with parents who choose to remove children in order to take holidays during term time.
Mr Aitken concluded: 'I would also like to take the opportunity to challenge travel companies who over-charge by horrendous amounts during the school holiday period which is one of the reasons parents remove children during term time. It is something that we need to see action on at Scottish Executive level.'
* Absences statistics.