Kids working in a quarry. Photo: Courtesy
The Ministry of Education has been working together with local administrators to ensure there is a hundred per cent transition from primary to secondary school. However, this is yet to be realised as more cases of students dropping out or not joining at all is on the rise.
Maryanne Waithera was sent home after her family failed to raise school fees when she reported to the institution with uniform and books only. The 15-year-old who resides in Ndarugo, Juja, Kiambu County decided to help her family raise the amount by working in a quarry.
Form One students during admission. Photo: Courtesy
“The money we get can hardly meet rent and food expenses, leave alone paying school fees. With all these problems, what can I do if not take my kids to the quarries to help me get some small money? They will continue staying at home and crushing stones until I get money,” she said as quoted by a local media house.
She further revealed that they do work from Monday to Saturday with a full bucket with gravel costing a paltry Sh10.
The parents who work in the area decried the local government's laxity in checking into the matter. They further called on their MP to visit the area and save the kid's future.
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