Police in partnership with local government officials in Nyanza district have rounded up 64 school-going age-bracket children who were loitering about in a swoop that was carried out on the streets of Busasamaana and Nyagisozi sectors.
Forty two were found in the Busasamana market while 22 were rounded up in Nyagisozi. Police have now reached out to parents and advised them to ensure they keep their children in school. The Busasamana police station commander, Inspector of Police (IP) Athanase Niyonagira has said they are investigating why children drop out of schools yet education is free in all public primary schools.
“With access to free education, it’s unacceptable for a child to drop out of school,” he said.
He observed that some children as young as ten were found carrying merchandise to markets unaccompanied while others were being guided by parents to the market on a school day.
Head teachers were asked to report any missing child to local leaders while local leaders were asked to hold parents accountable to their children’s education and whereabouts.