20 girls found pregnant at a school in Mt Elgon
10 March 2016, 08:10
Bungoma - Chelebei Secondary School in Kopsiro division, Mt Elgon Constituency has broken the record after 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 were found to be pregnant.
Confirming the incident, the school Deputy Principal David Emachar said the students were found to have been put in the family way after conducting a pregnancy test when they reported back to school from the December holidays.
“We are shocked by this incident. It has proved to be very much expensive to us because we are forced to offer guidance and counseling sessions and also inviting different speakers to talk to them so that they can accept their status and carry on with their education,” said Emachar.
The school with the population of 400 students is located in Cheptais Sub County and was greatly affected by the Sabaot Land Defense Force activities.
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Emachar said that only two students are out of school while 18 are still in school, 4 of whom are in fourth form, 8 in form three, 6 form two and 2 in form one.
The Deputy Principal wants a dormitory built in the school to accommodate students so that they don’t fall prey to such incidents.
“Outdated cultural practices like Female Genital Mutilation, high poverty levels, lack of discipline and ignorance among parents are some of the things to blame for these pregnancies,” said Emachar.
He said the availability of a dormitory will help confine girls into one place as they offer mentorship programs to them and guide them properly.
“We won’t send them home; we want to counsel and guide them properly so that they can continue taking their studies without fear,” he said.
In 2014, 18 were found to be pregnant at the neighbouring Chepkurkur primary school in the Chepyuk Ward.
Bungoma County Director of Education, Charles Anyika said he had not received any report about the pregnancies.
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