Under the provisions of the proposed law, parents or guardians who decline sending their children to school risk a maximum penalty of a five-year jail term or a fine not exceeding Sh100,000 or in extreme cases, both.
The bill that makes it illegal for children to be out of school and imposes punitive jail terms and fines for parents and guardians who flout the law was adopted at a meeting chaired by President Mwai Kibaki on Thursday.
At the same time, persons promulgate cheating in national exams will be liable to heavy punishment of up to 10 years in jail after the Cabinet also adopted another proposed law meant to curb the practice.
Other Bills passed in regard to the education sector and aimed at putting the sector in line with the New Constitution and Vision 2030 were, Policy Framework for Education and Training, The Establishment of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Bill 2012 and The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Bill 2012.
AUTHOR: MARY KINYANJUI