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Over  70  percent  of  children  in Tiaty  out  of  school

More  than 70 percent of children  in  Tiaty constituency of Baringo County are  yet  to recognize and appreciate the value  of  going  to  school.

The  East Pokot Sub County Administrator, William  Chelal blamed the trend in the region on forced early marriages, Female  Genital  Mutilation (FGM) and in security putting literacy levels at around 30 percent.

Chelal   was  addressing  children, teachers, parents and stakeholders on Friday  at Michuki grounds in Chemolingot town  during  the  belated Day of African Child Celebrations,  calling  for the deployment of relevant government officials  especially children officers to help carry out massive  awareness campaigns on the importance of education to  the local child and vices going against children rights.

He  said  the officers will assist in dealing with the biting challenges affecting children education and other inalienable  constitutional rights as prescribed in the Children’s Act.

The  County Coordinator  of  Children  Services, Omuse  Otijom  who graced the occasion lamented that the deep rooted  cultural  practices of the community was a major impediment to the children’s education especially the girl child  who is  regarded  as  wealth  asset.

Otijom  said  the culture which is not in tandem with the 21st century way of life was denying children of the community an  opportunity to access education like their counterparts in other parts of the country.

The  East Pokot Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Jacob  Awour  said they had appointed security officers who will deal  specifically  with those who engage in the vices that violate the rights of the girl child.

“You  should  help  us  to  maintain  law  and  order in the area and ensure that every child is protected and none of their  rights is violated by anybody. Anyone who refuses to comply with child rights must be reported to the relevant authorities  immediately,” he stated.

The  DCC also asked local residents to shun outdated practices like cattle rustling and banditry  that he said had given  the region a bad name.

By  Irine Bartonjo/Joshua  Kibet

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