The Kaduna State Government has said that parents who fail to send their children to school will face prosecution in accordance with extant laws.
This was disclosed by by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, in Kaduna in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.
She said that every child has the right to free, compulsory and universal basic education, adding that the state government has a duty to provide such education.
She said that government has declared free education to every child from primary to secondary school in the state in order to afford every child the opportunity to be educated.
Yayi said, “Therefore, parents have no excuse not to send their children to school, as the government has taken off all financial burden from parents.
“You should be aware that the Child Welfare and Protection Law, 2018, section 18 (6), stipulates that any parent or guardian who fails to send his or her child to school commit an offence.
“It added that a parent is liable on first conviction to be reprimanded and ordered to undertake community service and on second conviction risk fine or imprisonment or both.
“As such, sending your children to school is no longer a choice, but compulsory and failure to do so is a criminal offence with a possible jail term.”