The Star (Nairobi)

20 June 2012

Kenya: Bondo DC Decries School Dropout Rate

BONDO DC Salim Muhamud has ordered the police and chiefs to arrest parents who fail to take their children to school.

Muhamud decried the high dropout rate of girls during their transition to secondary school level in the district. "I have directed the police chief in this district to ensure that enrollment rate of the girls through the academic ladder remains positive," the DC said.

Muhamud directed chiefs and their assistants to form a committee of 10 people at village level in a bid to revive the failing academic standards among the girls from the region. He warned that parents who fail to heed the directives will be arrested and charged in court. He was speaking yesterday in Bondo town. He blamed boda boda writers for luring schoolgirls into illicit sex as a result of which the girls drop out of school due to pregnancy.

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