How is child labor affecting children’s schooling?

How is child labor in Kenya impacting schooling?

Thesis: there are several ways child labor is impacting children’s school one cause is that there is no set age a child must go to school so a parent can keep a child home if they want too. Another cause is there is no line between light labor and actual work so an employer can make a child work under light labor but it can be actual work. The last cause is the ineffective legislation and extreme poverty forcing some children to work instead of going to school.

There is no set age that children have to go to school so a parent can keep a child home if they want too.

more than 20% of children do not attend school because there is no law stating at what age children must go to school so a parent can keep a child home as long as they want. This is a pretty obvious reason for child labor impacting children’s schooling because they are not required to go to school so if the child is needed to work to make money for the family the parents can make them work instead of going to school. This can harm the child in many ways. One way is the child will not have an education in the future preventing them from getting any job that does not require manual labor.

There is no definition of what is light labor and what is actual work.

There is no line between light labor and actual work so a child aged 13-15 can be employed for light labor but because there is no law defining what light labor is the child can be employed for almost anything. This can have serious health effects because a child could be working 14+ hours a day lifting heavy things or out in the sun and all sorts of other physically taxing tasks. Also working so long makes them not able to go to school because they are most likely working during school hours.   

There is an ineffective legislature and extreme poverty causing child labor levels to rise.

The last cause is that there is an ineffective legislature and extreme poverty in Kenya making some family lives on less than one dollar a day and with most families desperate for more income they will send their children to work in the fields or to do any work they can find in exchange for very little pay and once again no education.    

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