Inomo Sub County leaders in Kwania District have launched an
operation to arrest and fine parents who refuse to send children back to school.
Last year, the government reopened schools for candidates and semi
candidates. This is after education institutions were closed following the
outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic.
At Aninolal Primary School out of 115 pupils, only 78 have reported back to
school. At Akorimor primary school, 40 learners have returned, out of 64,
Onywal Onote primary school has received only 34, out of 145 primary six
learners, raising serious concerns among the leaders.
Tom Yile, the Inomo Sub County Speaker says that they have
resolved to fine parents 80,000 Shillings who are still keeping their children at
home. He says that a team comprising of sub-county leaders is already set in
all the 72 Villages within the Sub County to identify parents who are still
keeping children at home.
//Cue in: “Onwongo ni ikom …
Cue out: …miyo community service.”//
“Out of the nine primary schools in the Sub County, only 20% have
reported back to school for the last four weeks that semi candidate has
reported back to school, however, a team is already on the ground to identify
the culprits, names will be submitted to us and stand action taken.”
George Odongo, the headteacher of Aninolal Primary School welcomed
the move with excitement. He said most parents have engaged the learners in
doing domestic chores which could affect their education.
//Cue in: “Kilaci abicel ikare …
Cue out: … paco cwale wunu.”//
The Kwania District Education Officer, Andrew Omunu
urged parents to send children back to school, especially now that the
government is reopening schools in a staggered manner.
Records obtained from the Kwania District Education department
indicate that only 4,517 primary six candidates have reported to the school,
out of the total enrolment of 9,040 primary school six pupils in the 113
primary schools in the district. Some of these children are said to have been
married off, while others impregnated during the lock-down.