Education officials in Laikipia west Sub County are demanding the arrest of parents who married off their 16 year old girl after receiving Shs20, 000 in dowry.
The couple forced the form two student at Limunga secondary school in Laikipia county to drop out of school and get married to a local matatu driver.
The school principal Mr. Njoroge Mutoru told KNA that the girl did not return to school when schools reopened a move that forced him to inquire the reasons from the girl’s parents.
“I requested to meet with the parents and when the mother came to my office she confirmed that the minor had moved out of her home to get married, adding that the couple had received a small ‘token’ as part of the dowry.
Mr. Mutoru noted that efforts to have the parents and the alleged husband arrested have been futile even after the issue was reported to the local chief three weeks ago.
“It is disturbing to see this young girl get married instead of continuing with her education. I believe the parents too are to blame and hence action has to be taken,” he said.
The principal regretted that in 2015, the school lost at least 18 girls as a result of early pregnancies a thing he attributed to parents failing to take their responsibilities.
“Many parents are failing to take their responsibility of providing motivation to their children hence making them ignore education,” said Mr. Mutoru.
Contacted on telephone, Laikipia west deputy county commissioner Mr. Wilfred Kinyua confirmed that the incident had been reported and would take action.
“We are working together with the children’s department to make sure that the matter is resolved and the minor goes back to school.
It is only a matter of time before we get the main suspects,” he said.
By Anne Sabuni
Source: Kenya News Agency