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Bauchi Assembly passes bill on child’s right to schooling

By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi
16 September 2022   |   3:05 am
The Bauchi State House of Assembly has passed a bill recommending that parents, guardians and teachers who refused to enrol a five-year-old child in school be jailed for one year or pay N100,000 fine or both.

Bauchi Assembly

The Bauchi State House of Assembly has passed a bill recommending that parents, guardians and teachers who refused to enrol a five-year-old child in school be jailed for one year or pay N100,000 fine or both.

Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Babayo Muhammad, while presenting the report on a law to promote children’s access to basic education in Bauchi State and for connected matters, he said that the committee had engaged all stakeholders in education with a view to gathering their opinions and concerns on the bill.

He said that the bill sought to guarantee the right of basic education to every child in the state, who attains the age of five.

The bill, according to the committee, would eliminate inequalities and disparities in education where every child shall be entitled to basic education with equal opportunity for both male and female to be provided by the state.

The committee recommended that “under offence and penalty in the bill, any parent, husband or teacher who refuses to enrol any pupil or student into school without lawful cause, should be increased to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N100,000 or both.”

It further recommended that the House should adopt and pass the bill into law. The House unanimously adopted the recommendations of the report.