Gatundu North parents have attributed low education standards in the area to increased adoption of betting games.
They said that gambling dens have denied their children chances to keenly concentrate on education attributing dismal performance in 2017 national examinations to betting.
Speaking during a last mile electricity sensitization forum in Kariua village, the angry residents further lamented that increase of vices like petty thefts had augmented in the area further linking betting to their upsurge.
“My child is one affected person who has been spending all his time in gambling dens. Petty theft which we believe has been attracted by these games has become a major concern to us. We want the government to demolish all gambling dens to allow our youth work and make a life for themselves,” said Anthony Mwangi, one of the affected local.
Area assistant county commissioner Agnes Muya said that local administration in the area had commenced crackdowns to arrest gamblers and their tools of operation urging parents to warn their children.
Muya urged parents to be committed in their children education by sparing time for them in their busy money-search schedules.
Area MP Wanjiku Kibe regretted that the gambling menace most affected the boy child who she said was being attacked from all corners calling on humanitarians and people of good will to commence boy-child empowerment programs in a bid to avert boy child downfall.
She said that despite notable leaders in the country being from the area, education standard was still a worry.
Meanwhile, the MP has urged former beneficiaries of Uwezo fund to consider repaying their loans for others to benefit.
“Imagine in the whole of central province, only Gatundu North beneficiaries have not repaid their Uwezo fund loans. I wonder how we will grow if we cannot be trustworthy people,” she said while castigating former leadership of Francis Kigo over “light-fingering Uwezo funds” meant to transform struggling youths.
Kibe promised to commence education sensitization forums for the youth saying that youth transformation is vital to growth of a society.