The Kaduna government on Friday, counseled parents in the state to ensure their children are sent to school, emphasizing that education is no longer a matter of choice.
Phoebe Yayi, the state’s permanent secretary for the ministry of education maintained that every child has the right to free, compulsory and universal basic education, adding that parents must march their wards to school since the financial burden has now been eliminated.
Failure to send the youngsters to school, according to Yayi, will attract constitutionally backed penalties including jail sentence.
She stressed that government’s declaration of free education for every child from primary to secondary school in the state was part of measures to ensure that every resident of the state is literate with high prospect for quality life.
“Therefore, parents have no excuse not to send their children to school, as the government has taken off all financial burden from parents, ” Yayi said.
“You should be aware that the child welfare and protection law, 2018, section 18 (6), stipulates that any parent or guardian who fails to send his or her child to school commit an offence.
“It added that a parent is liable on first conviction to be reprimanded and ordered to undertake community service and on second conviction risk fine or imprisonment or both.
“As such, sending your children to school is no longer a choice, but compulsory and failure to do so is a criminal offence with possible jail term.”
She warned that on no account should any parent deny his or her child the right to education which would unlock the child’s full potential for a better future.
Yayi added that even adults were given a second chance to acquire education in the spirit of “not leaving anyone behind”
She reiterated the government’s commitment to making the necessary investment in the education sector, improve learning environment and ensure quality of teaching and learning.
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