KNA Narok parents have been challenged to personally take their children to school instead of leaving them in the hands of strangers.
Narok Parents’ Association chairman Joseph Ole Pareiyo said cases of girls going to their boyfriends on opening days and boys engaging in criminal activities have been reported in the past especially during opening days.
“Sometime parents keep quiet thinking that our children are in school yet they are roaming around town, and in some instances end up not going to school,” he said.
Ole Pareiyo who spoke to the media in his Narok office asked parents to allow all the school-going children, even those who were pregnant, to go back to school as the government offered free primary education and had subsidized secondary school fees. “Parents should encourage their girls to go back to school even if they are pregnant or have just given birth. This is because they too are capable of becoming important people in the society,” he said.
He also took issue with young Maasai men, who were engaged in traditional cultural activities commonly known as emanyata, where young men from the same age set gather for several days to be taught cultural issues, asking them to go back to school.
“We do not want to see young men who should be in school being in the Emanyatta as their colleagues continue with school work. Let the young men return to school so that they too can be educated,” he said.
Narok Pastors’ Fellowship chairperson Bishop Peter Nakola reiterated that many children have been reported lost because of moving around without parental guidance. He observed that cases of children being kidnapped and later found dead were increasing in the country hence the reason why parents should be vigilant in guarding their children.
The spiritual leader called on all Christians to pray for children so that they grow up to be responsible leaders in the community.
Statistics show that Narok County was leading in teenage pregnancies by over 40 percent above the national average of 18 percent.