Parents in Kitui who fail to send their children back to school risk arrest and prosecution, County Commissioner John Ondego has warned.
Ondego said security officers and chiefs were following up on cases where learners failed to report back to school after the nine-month break occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are collecting reports on learners’ turnout so that we can identify and eventually track down all those who fail to resume studies. We are keen to achieve zero truancy across Kitui,” he told reporters in his office on Wednesday.
“Let parents who refuse to send their children back to school by the end of this week be warned that they will be arrested and prosecuted,” he said, adding that public primary and day secondary education is free, hence there was no excuse to have a pupil or student drop out of school.
He further revealed that several suspects had been apprehended and arraigned for allegedly impregnating school girls.
“We are still hunting down for other culprits so that they can face the full force of the law and justice served for the abused minors,” he said.