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Senate Seeks Increase Penalty For Parents Of Out-Of-School Children 

 

The Senate, on Wednesday, sought an increase in the penalty paid by parents who fail to enrol their children in school.

Senators want the penalty paid by defaulting parents raised from N2,500 to N250,000.

They also passed a Bill for an Act to amend the Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act through second reading.

The bill moved by Senator Idiat Adebule (Lagos West) on the floor of the Senate during plenary session, sought to review the law to ensure that a key provision in the UBE Act that empowers the Local Education Authority within the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory to prosecute parents who deny their wards the right to basic education is implemented.

The bill proposed an amendment to increase penalties for defaulting parents from 2,500 to 250,000 naira.

Similarly, the bill sought to amend and delete section 4(2) of the UBE Act, 2004 which excludes parents in diaspora from being sanctioned.

The unanimously supported bill scales second reading and was referred to the Committee on Education, Basic and Secondary to report back in two weeks.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), there are about 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, a figure that government officials have disputed.

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