The Bauchi State House of Assembly (BAHA) has proposed one-year imprisonment with an option of an N100,000 fine for any parent who refused to enrol his child into school.
The Speaker of the House Hon Abubakar Sulaiman said this during the house plenary shortly after the house committee on education presented its report on the bill seeking to promote children’s access to education in the state.
Hon Sulaiman, who moved the motion, disclosed that the bill would give children who attend the age of five years right to basic education, maintaining that parents found guilty should face the wrath of the law.
He maintained that the bill would also eliminate inequality and disparities in education, where every child shall be entitled to basic education with equal opportunity for both males and females.
The House adopted the bill recommendations and resolved to further complement for its final approval.
In Bauchi State, over one million children are not attending any formal learning institutions. This has placed the state at the top of the chat of Nigeria’s out-of-school ranking.