Parents fined for denying children their right to education:
Twenty two children have been netted by Mubende municipal authorities while patrolling to oversee the pupils and students enrollment in schools and parents who have deliberately kept them at home and others vending food items on roads in the municipal council. Today, the operation moving into day two in South has captured 22 pupils aged between 6-17 years home, others in bars, restaurants, gardens and moving around trading centers with no valid reason as to why they are not in schools. These from Merry Land High School and some from Mubende Tiger Secondary School however have defended their cause authorities citing problems associated with domestic violence, and poor financial status as reasons to why they do not attend school. Nanyonjo Florence, the town clerk for southern division says, the operation is still ongoing in the division after winding up with Gayaza ward.
Nanyonjo said, parents are now have to pay a fine of UgShs 50,000 as resolved by council to have their children released and failure to comply will result into arrest. She cautioned parents to ensure that the children’s right to education is adhered to, since government has provided universal and secondary education for all school head going children.