Parents charged for failing to take children to school

The High Court in Eldoret. /FILE

Five parents have been arraigned in Eldoret for failing to take their children to Form One.

The five from Likuyani sub county in Kakamega were charged before Senior Resident Magistrate Christine Menya.

They were charged with infringement of the right of children to education contrary to section 7 (1) of children act of 2011.

Stephen Ondia, Grace Munuko, Emily Andisi, Grace Nanjala and Francis Khisa pleaded guilty saying they did not have money to take the children to school.

“It’s due to poverty and lack of fees that I can’t take my child to school. There is no joy for me to stay with my daughter at home when she is supposed to be in school your honour,” said one of the parents.

They were accused that on diverse dates between January 3 and February 16 in Sango village, Kakamega county, infringed the rights of their children by failing to take them to school.

Menya ordered that they be detained at Eldoret GK prison awaiting a report from probation officers to determine whether they qualify for a non-custodial sentence.

The parents were arrested in the ongoing search by the government for students who completed KCPE last year and are yet to report to Form One.

President Uhuru Kenyatta maintained that the government achieve 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary schools.

The parents said even day schools demand admission costs and other charges which they can not afford.

Most counties have so far achieved about 75 per cent transition and chiefs and other officers have been tasked to look for children yet to report to school.

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