The Chairman of the Bauchi House of Assembly House Committee on Women Affairs, Mrs Maryam Begel, on Wednesday lamented on the growing trend of female students dropping out of school to engage in menial jobs to generate money for their marriage.
She revealed that she had reliable information to buttress the claim after interacting with 60 girls of a particular secondary school in the state.
“I had an interactive session with 60 girls of a particular tertiary school in Bauchi state and what I gathered from them was shocking”
“They complained that some parents were in the habit of withdrawing their daughters from school when they reach JSS two or three.”
“They said such parents initiate their daughters into engaging in menial jobs to generate funds that would be used in buying items preparatory to their marriage.”
“The girls were so disturbed and were lamenting that a lot of their colleagues have had their education either temporarily suspended, or completely terminated, on such grounds”
Speaking on the reluctance of most Northern state governments to domesticate the Child Rights Act, Begel said:
“From the beginning, the effort at explaining the content of the document was scanty as a lot of people had not been adequately sensitized.”
“Most of the contents of the document are also backed by our religions and tradition, for example, Right of child to education, good health and humane treatment.”
“Alongside the rights enshrined, are also obligations. The campaigners however ignored the obligations and harped on the Rights, thereby giving a negative perception of the document”
According to her, the Child Rights Act document can be domesticated to tally with traditional and religious demands, but added that such move is too late because the negative impression created in the minds of most people, is already deep-rooted.