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Parents Arrested for Failure to Send Children to School

The Pakanyi Sub County LC 3 chairperson, Frank Asiimwe, says they summoned 45 out of the 500 parents to the sub county headquarters for a meeting this morning but only 17 showed up.

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Masindi police are holding two parents for failing to take their children to school. The suspects are Richard Tetugisa and Moses Kintu, both residents of Kitenyata Village in Pakanyi Sub County in Masindi district.

The two are part of more than 500 parents who were singled out by the Pakanyi Sub county leadership and police for failing to send their children to school.

The Pakanyi Sub County LC 3 chairperson, Frank Asiimwe, says they summoned 45 out of the 500 parents to the sub county headquarters for a meeting this morning but only 17 showed up.

He says most of the parents committed themselves in writing to send their children to school while others claimed that they had moved them to other schools.

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He however, said Kintu and Tetugisa were arrested when they insisted that they don't have money to send their children to school.Kintu has three children aged between nine and fourteen years while Tetugisa has two children, who have never gone to school.

Asiimwe says the sub county leadership will team up with police to arrest all parents who will defy the summons issued to them.

 

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The officer in charge of Pakanyi police post John Mafabi says the arrested parents are charged with child neglect. He says they are making arrangements to ensure that the parents are produced to court to answer charges that have been preferred against them.

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On Monday, URN ran a story indicating that Pakanyi sub county authorities were finalising plans to issue criminal summons to parents for failing to send their children to school. The move is part of the efforts launched by the sub county leadership to raise academic standards in the area following years of poor performance. 

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