Kwanza: MP troubled by rise in school absenteeism

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi (center in specs) at Misanga High School where he issued a Cheque of Sh 6 million for the construction of a tuition block courtesy of the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF). Photo/Aspect News

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi has decried a rise in cases of absenteeism by students in day secondary schools in the region that are tasked by their parents to run errands at the expense of learning.

Mr Wanyonyi noted some of the students work as casual labourers on farms while some are left to take care of their siblings while their parents travel to attend parties or to attend funerals.

“The rise in cases of absenteeism is greatly derailing education standards in this sub-county. Parents are majorly responsible for this mess,” he spoke at Misanga high school while issuing a Sh 6 million Cheque for the construction of a tuition block.

The legislator has now called on school heads in affected schools in the region to organise special parents meetings which he will attend in an attempt to correct the vice before it gets out of hand.

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“I want to attend parents meeting in all the affected schools. The parents must be ready to give their children an enabling environment to effectively study and instead of turning them into labourers,” he said.

Child labour is rampant in Kwanza Sub County where students from peasant families are forced to work on large scale farms in order to supplement efforts by their parents to make ends meet.

The legislator has also challenged contractors who have won tenders to put up infrastructural development in the constituency to ensure their workmanship is above board in line with required standards.

“We want quality work so that there is value for money since these projects are funded by the taxpayers. We will liaise with relevant government authorities to deal with rogue contractors,” said Mr Wanyonyi.