As part of efforts to ensure decrease in the number of out of school children, the federal government will soon start a new policy to prosecute parents who refused to enrol their children into schools.
Making the declaration in Abuja during a ministerial briefing, minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said parents parents that fall under this category would be prosecuted for denying their children right to seeking knowledge.
According to the minister, his ministry will effect the policy to ensure that any parent who deliberately denied a child of school age right to education is jailed.
“There are many who are still working behind culture, religion. So the ministry is to effect this policy so that any parent whose child of school age refuses to take them to school will be jailed,’’ he said.
It would be recalled that in October, a survey A survey has shown that the population of out of school children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million.