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Parents have a hand in boy child school drop-out

03 January 2013, 17:12 Wangui Joseph

Most parents in Mount Kenya region are the main perpetrators of high rate of school drop out by the boy child.

Speaking in his office, Nyeri County Director of Education Harrison Kiburu noted that number of boys in Secondary Schools is declining gradually compared to that of girls.

Kiburu said some parents are purchasing  motorbikes to their sons to operate boda boda  (taxi) business while others are giving them capital to start hawking businesses.

“They think they are emptying poverty pockets but on the other end they are giving it a space to gain roots,” said Kiburu.

The education boss also revealed that, fathers in some areas within the region take alcohol with their sons which is logically against cultural customs.

He said the boy child education is endangered and dealing with the challenges facing it is an uphill task.

He said the society is loosing learners to hopeless lives enhanced by those trusted to alleviate the situation.

Kiburu called upon all education stakeholders to curb the issue.

He  blamed the society for sending the wrong message to school goers.

“Some members of the society are sending the wrong message to children. If one doesn’t have a better position in life, this doesn’t mean that the rest will fall in this truck of desperation,” Kiburu pointed out.

“The fact that there is no employment doesn’t mean we stop going to school,” he added.

Kiburu also expressed his support towards the banning of tuition by the education minister.

“If a teacher takes the allocated time accordingly there would be no need to go to school during holidays. It is only that some staffs are so reluctant and beg for more time forgetting the lessons were set by educationists,” he said.

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