Likoma Ward Councilor Warns Parents Against Child Labour
Vice Council Chairperson for Likoma District Council Ernest Gulu has warned of unspecified action against parents who will subject their children to child Labour during the school holiday.
He was speaking on concerns that many boys and girls have for so long been subjected to, among others, fishing related activities such as fishing and drying fish on the island's fishing camps which is the main cause of school dropouts.
Gulu has since suggested that introduction of more sporting disciplines to effectively reduce child labor in the fishing industry, early pregnancy and early marriage.
"It has been a tradition that parents are taking advantage of school closures to send their children into fishing and fish drying activities for survival while on the other hand children are being subjected to circumstances that may lead fishermen enticing them with money into sexual relationships.
"For this reason, I think engaging the education authorities and other stakeholders to introduce summer classes and additional sporting disciplines can make the best solution to this problem," he added.
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