Nyeri: Parents who won’t take kids to Form One risk arrest, prosecution

Nyeri: Parents who won't take kids to Form One risk arrest, prosecution

Parents from Nyeri County who will not have taken their kids to join Form One by Friday, January 24,  risk getting arrested and prosecuted.

According to Mathira Deputy Commissioner Jacob Ouma, parents will be tasked with explaining why their kids are yet to join school.

“Chiefs and village leaders will be going from home to fish out kids who have not reported to Form One for whatever reason, including school fees, we will make sure we have 100 percent transition,” Ouma noted.

In the same address, Ouma said  it was imperative that parents reach out to all stakeholders in ensuring that their kids were in school as required regardless of the circumstances.

His sentiments were echoed by Nyeri Town deputy commissioner Joseph Mwangi who said that chiefs in the area were already traversing homes to fish out kids who were yet to report to school.

“All our kids have to be in school, and we know there are kids who are yet to join, we are working in executing president Uhuru’s directive on 100 percent transition to school,” Mwangi added.

In early 2019, the Ministry of Education launched a campaign which prepared data packets bearing the names and locations of the students who were not in school.

“No child will be left behind and this data will be shared with local administrators who will team up with directors from the ministry in this final push,” the then CS Amina Mohamed said.

Some hindrances to achieving 100 per cent transition mark showed there were challenges arising from teenage pregnancies, early marriages, insecurity and prohibitive cultural practices.

Others were indirect costs of secondary education and extreme poverty in households, especially in arid and semi-arid areas.

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