Child labour on the increase in Meru
21 February 2012, 10:45
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
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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