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Child labour on the increase in Meru

21 February 2012, 10:45 Tony Ndungú Karomo

An increase in the number of  minors engaged in child labour in Imenti North District of the Meru County is on the increase, a caseload statistical analysis conducted over the last three four months has revealed.

The report prepared by the area District Children’s officer, Charles Mbengi   revealed that there were 300 cases of children engaged in child labour that were reported to the Children’s department  during the period under review .

He said the children who were engaged in child labor were forced out of school by either marital wrangling between parents or guardians or due to neglect by parents leading them to opt out and earn themselves a living.

He notes in his report that there is need to address the plight of the boy child who reported the highest number of cases of Child theft, neglect, drug abuse, and abandonment.

e says while the society concentrated more on the plight of the girl child that of the boy child was neglected leading him to suffer emotional and physical neglect by both society and parents.

The case load report presents more boys with a varied number of cases at 1,903 compared to 1,669 girls over the last four months.

He said there is need for concerted efforts by guardians and parents to urgently address the problems affecting the boy child as his future remains threatened by societal neglect adding that most of the problems the boy child encountered while growing up and these remained unsolved.

 Mbengi said both the boy and girl child are important to the future generations and they should be treated equally without discriminating some sexes.



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