Parents who do not take their children to school risk arrest and prosecution

Parents of 1800 candidates who sat for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education ( KCPE ) in 2020 and have not yet reported to secondary risk arrest and prosecution from next week for denying their child’s right to education.

“From next week a parent who has not sent a child to school, we will take the parents to court and it is the parent’s right to educate the child. The chiefs must be able to account for every child who sat for KCPE last year,’’ said Thomas Sankei, Tana River County Commissioner.

County Director of Education Khalif Hassan decried the low transition rate from primary to secondary school in Tana River.

“In Tana River the last census of 2019 there were 56,000 children out of school. In every village you will find children playing’’, said the Director, adding that the situation is the same on roads as children are tasked to herd livestock while they are supposed to be in school.

Speaking at a Peace conference the County Director of Education revealed that out of 5900 KCPE candidates who sat for KCPE in 2021, 1800 have not yet reported to secondary school.

He appealed to stakeholders to be at the forefront in advocating for children to be sent back to school. “We want those children to be sent back to school and stakeholders to help us. We want the stakeholders who are here together with the chiefs, Deputy County Commissioners to come up with a strategy to mop up those children if we will do that we will support government program,’’



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