Rusizi: Bugarama sector sets policies to discourage school dropouts
The increase of school dropouts in Rusizi District could be controlled in the near future after the district invented new rules to punish people who encourage child labor, local authority said last week.
District authorities said some people enroll school children to work in rice plantation and mining instead of sending them to school.
Evaluating school dropouts in villages are some of the strategies being implemented by Bugarama sector in Rusizi district in promoting education for the year 2014.
Bugarama sector is among areas with the big number of children who drop out of schools to work in rice plantation or become carriers in the market.
With different strategies on education, Lucie Niyindagira, the in charge of education in Bugarama Sector said parents are being encouraged to send back their children to school as top priority.
The strategies include head teachers in schools to work with local authorities and parents through identifying children that dropout of schools and encourage them to send these children back to school according to Calixste Rugemintwari the chairperson of Head teachers in the sector.
Lucie Niyindagira says the first round of taking children back to school program brought about 42 school dropouts in Bugarama sector back to school in the academic year 2013/2014.