Trouble for Edo Parents as Governor Issues Strong Directive, Gives Reasons

Trouble for Edo Parents as Governor Issues Strong Directive, Gives Reasons

  • Parents and guardians of out-of-school children in Edo state will be facing prosecution, the governor of the state has said
  • Governor Godwin Obaseki warned that the Edo state government will not tolerate any form of abuse on any child of school age in the state
  • According to the governor, the parents or guardians of any child forced into labour will face judgement at the special court established by the state for the purpose

The governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, has declared that the state would prosecute parents and guardians of children who are out of school.

Obaseki in his announcement said that the prosecution of individuals in the category will begin on Monday, September 12, when a new session begins

Daily Trust reports that Obaseki while speaking in Benin on the resumption of the new school year said that machinery has been put in place by the state government to ensure that the directive is enforced.

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Governor Obaseki has directed the prosecution of parents who their children are out of school. Photo: Godwin Obaseki
Source: UGC

He also noted that special courts have been established to ensure that perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence against children in schools across the states are nipped in the bud.

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His words:

“If we find any child under the age of 18 years being used for manual labour, such parents will be prosecuted.
"We thank the chief judge for providing special courts to prosecute any offender who perpetrates violence against any child or involves in sexual defilement or physical abuse in our school system."

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Parents in Tarda community in Ungogo local government area of Kano state adopted different measures to ensure their girls are not enrolled but stay in school to complete their basic education.

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One of such parents is Mustapha Abdullahi Tarda whose focus is on making sure that girls who were married off earlier go back to school.

Also, mothers in the community encourage each other through an association supported by United Nations Children’s Fund and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Education experts reveal why Nigeria is experiencing low learning outcomes had earlier reported that experts across the country have called for strategic approaches to improving learning outcomes in school children.

The experts warned that 70 per cent of the children who are currently in school are not even learning.

According to them, there is also a need for all stakeholders in education to work towards ensuring teachers' development bearing in mind, the importance of training and retraining school instructors.


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