5 Eldoret Parents Arrested After CS Amina Mohamed's Directive
Five parents from Eldoret have been charged before Senior Resident Magistrate Christine Menya, for failing to enrol their children to Form One.
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.
The five, Stephen Ondia, Grace Munuko, Emily Andisi, Grace Nanjala, and Francis Khisa, were charged with infringement of the right of children to education contrary to section 7 (1) of children act of 2011.
They are accused of keeping their children out of school between January 3 and February 16, 2019, defying Education CS Amina Mohamed’s directive to have all children enrolled in school.
They all pleaded guilty to charges citing their inability to pay school fees for their children.
“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," noted one of the parents.
Menya ordered for them to be detained at Eldoret GK prison awaiting a report from probation officers to determine whether they qualify for a non-custodial sentence.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and CS Amina have almost hit the set 100 per cent transition target as some schools have been overcrowded due to the large turnout.
The operation has been made easier after the sector decided to use the NEMIS system to capture the names and letters of all form one students required to report to school.
Over 900,000 students had taken up their seats in Form One by the beginning of February according to Amina, representing a 90 per cent turnout.
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