By Joseph Muchiri
The cultivation and consumption of miraa in Embu County is dealing a blow to the education of boys, a medic from the county has said.
Njagi Kumantha, a former medical officer of health at Embu Provincial General Hospital, said the dropout rate of boys is high in some areas in the county.
Dr Kumantha, who is eyeing the governor’s seat in Embu County, said there is a school in Runyenjes where miraa is widely grown, which has 23 girls and one boy in one class.
“When children make money from miraa farms at a young age they do not see the need to go to school,” Kumantha said.
Speaking in Embu, he said parents should know that when they make children to work in miraa farms before going to school they are sending the wrong message — that miraa is more important than education.
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