Police in Mombasa have launched a crackdown on parents who are yet to take their children to school.
The operation spearheaded by Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki will see all the Chiefs and police officers conduct a door to door inspection to arrest parents who are yet to register their children to either primary or secondary schools.
Addressing parents at Majengo in Mombasa, Achoki said that some parents lacked reasons why their children who completed primary schools are still at home without being registered to any higher learning institutions.
He warned that parents denying their children basic or tertiary education will be arrested and charged before court.
He said the crackdown will focus at the entire Majengo area before being spread to all the six sub counties of Changamwe, Jomvu, Likoni, Nyali, Kisauni and Mvita
“Some of these parents lack any satisfactory explanation why their children are just at home, we will deal with them decisively,” said Achoki.
Achoki further said the central government has various programs geared towards empowering youth and no youth should be idling at home.
“I will not relent on this, I will ensure all lazy and careless parents land in prison unless they properly explain to us why their children are not progressing in their education,” added Achoki
He noted the central government provided free primary education and the fees for secondary education slashed that’s why the County education committee launched the operation.
He ordered parents to ensure their children are at school.
He said the government reduced secondary school fees to only Sh. 10,000 annually for public day secondary schools.