Is sending your child to a rehabilitation school the solution?

In Kenya, minors who commit crimes are mainly sent to juvenile schools for behavioural corrections or remand homes for children.

In Kenya, minors who commit crimes are mainly sent to juvenile schools for behavioural corrections or remand homes for children.

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What you need to know:

  • According to the Department of Children’s Services database, between 2006 and 2010, the number of child offenders in the country increased by 50 percent.
  • Currently, there are 10 rehabilitation schools in the country with a capacity of 150 children per school.
  • When children commit crimes, they are not sent to the same prisons as adults because of their age, vulnerability, and inability to interact with adults.

In June 2021, a form three student at Ainamoi Secondary School hit the principal with a wooden plank that had a projected nail, in protest of being sent home. In January 2021, a 14-year-old girl was arrested in Kisii after a failed attempt to poison her father with laced porridge. She was infuriated because her father had asked her to terminate a relationship with her form four lover. Kisii Police Commandant said that the girl would be charged with attempted murder. In September 2020, a fifteen-year-old girl in Lang’ata, Nairobi was arrested for stabbing her boyfriend (a form two student) to death.

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