Leaders decry truancy among boys in Embu

Leaders decry truancy among boys in Embu

Leaders from Mbeere South in Embu County have raised red flag over the diminishing number of boys in schools saying the situation is worrying.

Led by Embu women representative, Rose Mitaru, the leaders said that lack of boy child education in the area is now getting out of hand and warned that if action is not taken to remedy the situation at that level, the sub county might not have any learned men in the near future.

Ms Mitaru was speaking at Machan’ga Secondary School when she pointed out that continued consumption of illicit brew and the cultivation and chewing of Miraa were the major factors that kept the boys out of school, urging that the factors be addressed.

According to the available records, most primary and secondary schools within the region have two boys per classroom whereas in some schools there are only girl students.

She cautioned that although Miraa cultivation has boosted the economic development of the Mbeere community, care needs to be taken to ensure the pursuit of economic gains does not undermine education standards in the area.

Mitaru also called upon parents, especially fathers, to take up their rightful role of mentoring the boy child by encouraging and teaching them the importance of education.

On his part, Embu county assembly budget committee chairman, Joseph Mwaniki, said that the county has set aside funds for the construction of a rehabilitation centre in Siakago to save the young boys who have already dropped out of the schools due to drug addiction.

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