Parents who will fail to return their children back to school risk being prosecuted, Narok North and South Children officer . Julius Ngoko has said.
Mr Ngoko challenged parents to take advantage of the Free Education Programme and take their children to school.
“There have been so many cases of children dropping out of schools at the primary level mostly due to parents’ irresponsibility and carelessness. They tend to neglect their children at a very tender age to either marry them off or exploit them through cheap, hard labour,” said Ngoko.
He was speaking today in his office a day after rescuing three girls in Oletukat and Suswa areas from early marriages.
One of the girls aged 15 had been married off to an old man forcing her to drop out of school.
“The young girl who is a pupil at Oletukat primary school was supposed to join class eight this year but has been forced to drop out of school after she was impregnated by the old man,” lamented Ngoko.
The children office in collaboration with the department of education and the police managed to rescue the girl after a tip off from the public.
The girl’s parents and the old man who is a bodaboda operator fled after they realized police officers were after them.
Narok North sub county Director of Education Kuyo Saoinah said he was disappointed that the community can allow such practice to continue during the holiday despite the several warnings.
He said two other cases have been reported in Suswa area adding that they will ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
The children’s department confirmed that the rescued girl will be taken to a rehabilitation center and later on will have to continue with her education after delivering the baby.
By Ann Salaton