Kenyan Head Teachers Warned Against Denying AIDS Children to Schools
August 21, 2003
The Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation reported today that head teachers who do not allow HIV-infected children to enroll in their schools will be punished. Gideon Konchella, Kenyan Assistant Minister for Health, said the country's free primary education is open to all children. "I am aware that it has been difficult to enroll these children in schools due to a form of subtle discrimination," he said. "This is unacceptable and infringes on the rights of children as espoused in the Children's Act." Since Kenya's first AIDS case was reported in 1984, roughly 1.1 million Kenyans have died of the disease. At least 2.2 million others have HIV, including 15 percent of people ages 15-49.Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.