Tharaka Nithi County Director of Education (CDE) Ms. Bridget Wambua has urged parents to desist from exposing pupils to child labour in order to ensure 100 per cent transition to secondary school.
Speaking to KNA on phone, Wambua noted that some parents were sending their children to do menial jobs for pay, against section 56 of the Employment Act, which makes it illegal to employ children under the age of 13.
“We have noted during our visits that some parents have sent their children to work instead of taking them to school, that is child labor and illegal and those doing so should stop henceforth,” she warned.
On the contrary, Wambua advised parents to offer their children full support in their academic journey, for instance by facilitating them with adequate learning materials.
“Some students are even taken to school without basic necessities like shoes, uniform and other personal effects,” she said
The director revealed that they have managed to mobilize majority of the local 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates to join form one noting that only 18 of theme remain unaccounted for.
She said apart from those joining secondary schools, some of the candidates were enrolled at various Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) institutions, other repeated class eight, while two have since passed on.
Wambua said they will continue with the drive to make sure all students transits to higher institutions successfully in all the sub-counties.
“We have been doing very well in terms of 100 per transition to form one and we will soon hit the target,” she said.
The director disclosed that their area of interest is Igamba ng’ombe constituency where 3 girls and 3 boys have not yet reported to school.
At the same time, she urged the community to embrace education and ensure both girls and boys go to school.
On teenage pregnancies, Wambua appealed to members of the community to encourage pregnant teens and those who have given birth to continue learning.
The ministry of education allows those who get pregnant to continue learning until such a time that they can no longer manage and once they deliver and recover they can embark on their studies, she added.