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Thousands of pupils yet to report for 2nd term

10 June 2013, 18:51 John Kioko

Over 2 000 pupils in Malindi tourist town have not yet reported back to school since January this year according to Shella Chief Nicodemus Mwayele.

Among the affected pupils include children who had gone seeking refuge in Tana Delta last year.

Mwayele said that the pupils have been seen loitering in different villages in Malindi even as the government continues offering free primary education.

Addressing media in Malindi, the Chief said that they will start arresting the pupils and take them back to school.

He said their parents will also be arrested and taken to court for child negligence.

Most of the pupils, are below 14 years of age and are between class one and four, the Chief said.

He observed that the number of pupils who have not yet reported to school is increasing because Tana Delta tribal clash victims are also staying in the area.

“We have found that other pupils who ran with their parents from Tana Delta to Malindi during the inter-tribal clash are still here but we will see how to help them,” he noted.

The pupils are mostly from Maweni, Kwachocha and Muyeye among other areas in the tourist town.

He said locals and tourists have accused the pupils of terrorizing them several times.

“There are those who snatch things from tourists while others just borrow and so we have thought of arresting them so that we can take them back to school,” he added.

“We also said that because their parents have failed in their responsibilities of taking them to school, the law will follow its course," he noted.

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