CAN PARENTS BE PUNISHED FOR NOT SENDING CHILDREN TO SCHOOL. DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 303) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

Every Nigerian child must attend and complete primary school and junior secondary school education. They are free universal basic education and parents/guardian must ensure children participate.
It is a crime for any parent/guardian not to ensure that his child attends and completes such education. It is punishable with community service for first time offender, while a second time offender is punishable with fine of N2,000.00 and or imprisonment for not more than 1 month but for third time or more offender, it is punishable with fine of not more than N5,000.00 and or imprisonment for not more than 2 months.

My authorities are sections 15, 277 and 278 of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003 and other similar laws across States in Nigeria.

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