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Parents denying children right to education warned

Leaders from Ashabito in Mandera North have warned parents and guardians against denying their children right to education saying that their days are numbered.

Speaking at an event in Ashabito, Morothile area chief Abiy Jillo said education is the key to successful life adding that a society without education is doomed.

“The Government has offered free education in our primary school, so no one has an excuse of not taking their children for basic education,” said Jillo.

Chief Jillo decried low primary registration in the area warning parents who are neglecting their parental roles that they will face full wrath of the law. He warned parents and guardians that anyone involved in early marriage will also face the law.

He urged parents to take disabled children to school as disability is not inability.

On his part, Morothile Primary School Headteacher Osman Mohammed told parents that children need basic education to be able to understand and spread islamic religion to others.

‘Let’s not focus on madrasa education only, our children have right to basic education let’s make sure they get it,” said Osman.

Sharmake Gulie area MCA also emphasised that all children regardless of gender and tribe must be given education.

He asked the government to take action against parents and guardians who are not taking their children to school.

A good percentage of parents in Mandera prefer their children having Madrasa education (Thugsi) than Kenya basic education.

By Charles Matacho

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