Families Concealing Disabled Risk Jail
05 July 2016, 21:29
Nairobi - People who deny their disabled children the right to education risk being jailed, Nyandarua County executive for Education, Mr. Peter Macharia has said.
While noting an increase in the number of cases of children being locked up, Macharia said that hiding them was not the solution to stigmatization.
“Regarding these children as a burden and locking them up is against the law. The children must go to school and exploit their potential,” he said.
He said people living with disability were human and must be given their rightful share in education and other social requirements to enable them live decent and productive lives.
Macharia was speaking in Ol, Kalou on Monday afternoon, where he issued implements and other goods worth Shs.3.2 million to five schools for special needs children in Nyandarua.
The institutions include Nyandarua School for the Deaf in Kinangop, Kwanjora special school in Ndaragwa, Nyandarua rehabilitation center in Ol, joro orok, Ol, Kalou home for the Disabled and Kimaru special school.
He noted that the county had allocated funds for bursaries to be distributed to them as a way of ensuring they remained in school.
“We have built ECD classes fitted with sanitary facilities to ensure easy access by the pupils,” he added noting that a need assessment will be done to ascertain how they will benefit from bursaries.
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