Parents preventing children from attending school, should be pun

07 Aug 2013 12:50
ONGWEDIVA, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – A member of the National Youth Council (NYC) executive committee is demanding for a government policy to enforce action and/or punishment against any parent who takes a child out of school.
Speaking to Nampa here on Wednesday, Natangwe Ithete alleged that some parents prevent children from attending classes to do household chores or look after livestock.
This, Ithete believes, will rob Namibia of her future professionals whom the nation expects to take charge of the country’s developmental programmes.
“It should be viewed an illegal practice to take a child out of school to stay home just looking after cattle in a country where primary education is constitutionally compulsory,” Ithete argued.
He believes that to ensure every child of school-going age attends school in the country, the government should formulate a policy to administer punishment against any parent violating the right to education of a child.
In case a child is declared sick and/or unfit to attend school, Ithete said, such condition should be properly communicated to school authorities.
“The school authorities should be well informed about the unfitness of the child, and concrete proof of inability of such a child from a competent medical examiner should also be provided,” said Ithete.
He also wants school authorities to always find out the reason a parent decides to take a child out of school, and offer necessary assistance.
“The education of a Namibian child should not be interfered with for no apparent reason by anybody,” Ithete concluded.