According to Premium Times, a group has urged the Nigerian government to criminalize the failure of parents to enrol their children in schools.
The charge was given in Abuja by a nongovernmental organization, Paulash Initiative, during its programme to increase awareness of the impact of girl child education.
The founder of the group, Folashade Okomayi, said unless the government makes non-enrollment of school-aged children an offence punishable by law, Nigeria will not be able to rid itself of out- of-school children.
“I think what the government should do is that when children are seen hawking; or doing menial jobs during school hours; government should take them somewhere and trace their parents or wards,” she said.
“If they punish one or two parents under a certain law that should be enacted for the purpose; others will take caution.”