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Take children to school or face prosecution’

By Job Weru | Published Tue, July 30th 2013 at 00:00, Updated July 29th 2013 at 23:35 GMT +3

By Job Weru

Laikipia,Kenya: Laikipia County Governor Joshua Irungu has directed the provincial administration and security agents to arrest and prosecute parents who have failed to take their children to school.

The directive came after complaints abound, that parents are enlisting their children in income generating activities, some of them illegal like brewing of illicit brews.

Speaking at Nanyuki High School during a prize giving ceremony, Irungu said stern action should be taken against those implicated.

July salaries

“We have received complaints that some parents have withdrawn their children from schools to assist them in illicit brewing. We are watching them and we will never allow this to happen,” said Irungu.

Separately, teachers in the county have vowed to down their tools if the Government does not pay their July salaries.

Kenya National Union of Teachers Executive Secretary Jackson Thangei said the Government will witness a strike of a different kind, where teachers will be reporting in schools but will not be doing any work.

He said there was a return-to-work formula following the 24 day teachers strike, and thus whatever was agreed upon between the two sides must be adhered to.

Laikipia East MP Mr Anthony Mutahi who also attended the function supported the teachers saying the just-ended strike could have been averted if the Government listened to the opinion of the parliamentary committee on education.