Ganze Sub County Police Commander Timothy Mwasya has warned that action will be taken against those found obstructing the transition of children from class 8 to Form one.
He cautioned parents who might have collected dowry for their teenage daughters who completed class 8 that they risked being hauled before court if they do not reverse the contracted marriages and take them to school.
“We are ready to implement the resolutions of the leaders of this area with their support and ensure things will not be same as before. Let the chiefs and their assistants move to the ground and bring us those defying government orders and we will deal with them according to the law,” he said.
Speaking to the media after a leaders meeting meant to raise the transition rates of class 8 leavers who sat last year’s KCPE in Ganze on Thursday, Mwasya said cases of early marriages, teenage pregnancies and dropouts will be dealt with seriously to raise the standards of education in the area.
He said high poverty levels, wanton killings of elderly persons should be partially blamed on illiteracy adding well educated families cannot think of eliminating any members of their own families within the community.
“We are ready to arrest those principals of schools rejecting Form ones for lack of school fees and the head teachers of primary schools who have refused to release class 8 results to pupils due to non-payment of school levies will be arrested as well when we get full information,” he said.
Mwasya said the police have been facing challenges of lack of information from the grassroots where parents with affected children decline to reveal information to the authorities for action stressing that cases of defilements have been ongoing unreported.
The Sub County has been rated the poorest in transition of students from class 8 to form one despite having performed well in last year’s KCPE examination as some well off parents decline to take their children to school due to ignorance as reported by some leaders at the meeting.
By Harrison Yeri