In his bid to fulfil his electioneering promises and empower education in the state, Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said parents who keep their school-age children out of school in the state risk being prosecuted, stressing that the State’s Child’s Right law provides that all children must be given access to education.
Speaking in Eporo, Emure Ekiti during the sensitization for school enrolment aimed at ensuring that all school-age children register for the forthcoming 2019/2020 academic session, Dr Fayemi called on all parents and guardians to key into the free education programme of his administration, saying education is not only free but compulsory in Ekiti State.
He added that it is an abuse of a Child’s Rights for any parent or guardian to deny school-age children the opportunity to go to school.
He said the state government is providing free but quality education which parents must exploit to build a solid foundation for their children and wards.
“We have a Child’s Right Act in Ekiti which prohibits parents from allowing children of school age to be out of school during school session. If your child is not in school when school is in session, you have a lot to explain to relevant authorities because we will apprehend the child whether he is found hawking on the street or engaging in any illicit activities during school hours.
“In order to ensure that we implement that law, we have a family court in the state that takes responsibility for children that are not in school and parents who fail their responsibility”, he said.
The Governor also assured that his administration is committed to restoring the State to its pride of place as the fountain of knowledge and its top rank in school enrolment in Nigeria, which has been demons in the regular provision of instructional materials, furniture and a conducive learning environment where teachers can effectively contribute to the growth and development of their pupils.
Fayemi also emphasized that his administration was opposed to the collection of fees in all public primary and secondary schools in the state, stressing that any teacher caught collecting school fees from pupils would be seen as collecting a bribe.
Earlier, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Prof Fransisca Aladejana had urged parents to enrol their children and wards in public schools because of the availability of qualified and competent teachers as well as a conducive learning environment, being provided by the government.
On her part, the Southwest zonal Director of UBEC, Mrs Mudubi Roseline also called on political and religious leaders to sensitize the people on the importance of enrolling their school-age children this session.
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