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High Rate of school drop out in Bondo

28 March 2012, 18:03 Joe Ndungu

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Bondo district commissioner Mr  Mohammud Salim has called for urgent measures to curb the number of children who drop out of schools in the district.

Mr. Salim lamented that the number of boys and girls aged between 12 to 17 years who leave school for unskilled jobs in the district had soared to alarming level.

The administrator said that virtually all girls who drop out, were as a result of pregnancies while the boys leave to be engaged in either fishing activities, or employment in Posho mills that dot the district.

He singled out Lenya primary school which, he said, the head teacher had to seek the intervention of the district education office to help tackle high drop out rates.

Mr. Salim was speaking in his boardroom today while chairing the district executive committee meeting. He challenged leaders in the district, ranging from councillors, chiefs and their assistants to government departmental heads to urgently convene stake holder forums to tackle the menace that, he added, was likely to get out of hand ifnot handled on time.

He emphasised on the need for urgent brainstorming meeting to find a solution to the problem, adding that leaders in each division, led by the provincial administration and education officers must convene meetings on the issue and come up with the way forward.

Mr. Salim called on parents and the community to ensure their children were accorded opportunity to go to school as enshrined in the new constitution and warned those who impregnate the young girls oremploy the boys that the law would catch up with them.

Mr. Salim challenged the children’s department,the ministry of education and other law enforcement agencies to move in and protect the children by bringing the culprits to book.

End...Joe Ndungu(0715756793)

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