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It Is Illegal For Children To Cut Cane: Minister

A public consultation in Ba has been told that no child is allowed to cut sugarcane because it is illegal under the law. This was highlighted by Minister for Employment,
07 Sep 2018 10:00
It Is Illegal For Children To Cut Cane: Minister
Minister for Employment Productivity And Industrial Relations Jone Usamate meeting with different stakeholders during the public consultation in Ba on September 5, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

A public consultation in Ba has been told that no child is allowed to cut sugarcane because it is illegal under the law.

This was highlighted by Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate earlier this week.

“This is illegal. Under the law, when a child is supposed to be at school, they have to be at school,” said Mr Usamate.

He said farmers generally tended to pull students out of school to cut sugarcane in their farms.

“No child is allowed to cut cane,” he said.

Mr Usamate said that children… were allowed to do some kinds of work, such as helping at home, however cutting sugarcane was not one of them.

“Under child labour laws, there are some kinds of jobs children can do, but cutting cane is not one of them,” he said.

Mr Usamate added that cutting cane would be considered highly hazardous to their health.

He said the Government had been continuously trying to make edu­cation accessible to everyone in the country, therefore it was the role of parents and everyone involved to ensure that.

“The Government is trying to en­sure that every child goes to school and that no one is left behind,” he said.

Mr Usamate urged stakeholders present to make education the pri­ority rather than getting children out of school to cut sugarcane.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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