The Bayelsa State Executive Council has threatened to arrest and prosecute any parent who refuses to send his or her child to school to acquire formal education.
The decision came on the heels of the signing of the Compulsory Primary and Secondary Education Law by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday after the 89th State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, the Commissioner for Education, Jonathan Obuebite said with the assent of the bill, every child of school age must be enrolled into the various model schools of the government.
Obuebite maintained that any child that is seeing loitering or hawking on the streets during school hours will be picked up while their parents or guardian will be dealt with as provided in the new law.
He explained that the move is to emphasize the importance the government attaches to education, adding that with the huge investment made in that sector there is every need to ensure it does not become a waste.
“We feel it is important to have this law to protect that investment. The law will be fully implemented”.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu said the council expressed delight with the law establishing the School of Midwifery which was also signed into law by Gov. Dickson.
According to him, the law will further boost primary healthcare delivery in the state while on the other hand, the new Primary Health care Development Board will have the responsibility of coordinating and managing all health facilities that is built in every community.
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