Andrew Omunu, the Apac District Inspector of Schools blames local leaders at various levels for failing to enforce the ordinance.
Apac District has failed to enforce the Education Ordinance four years after it was enacted. The ordinance was aimed at boosting pupil enrollment. The ordinance prohibits school going age children from unnecessary absenteeism bars minors from participating in discos, operating video halls, working as bar attendants and focuses on reduction of child labor.
Section 25 and 26 of the ordinance stipulates that any disco, video or bar owners who allow a child to enter his or her premise commits an offense and is liable on a conviction to a fine not exceeding Shillings 40,000 , and the second offense would tantamount to the closure of such premises plus a fine not exceeding Shilling 40,000.
Section 27 of the ordinance says any person, organization or agency that refuses to enroll or deters a child from enrolling for Universal Primary Education in accordance with the pre-primary, primary and post primary education act 2008 and ordinance commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one million Shillings.
The ordinance was only enforced for a few months when it came into force in 2011 and was abandoned. Andrew Omunu, the Apac District Inspector of Schools blames local leaders at various levels for failing to enforce the ordinance.
According to Omunu, there is high enrollment of pupils in the lower classes compared to high classes. He says most parents in the district pull their children out of school to help them with farming and fishing activities.
Felix Yine, the speaker Apac district council says they will soon convene to engage the local leaders to encourage them to enforce the ban. Solomon Ogwal, the Apac District coordinator for African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) wants the ordinance to be popularized.