53 pregnant girls sitting for KCSE exams in Bungoma
23 October 2014, 12:17
Bungoma - An education official has disclosed that 53 pregnant girls in Bungoma County are sitting for this year's Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) that kicked off on Tuesday.
Speaking to the press in his office, Charles Anyika, the County Education Director said that statistics carried out by his officers indicated that 53 girls were pregnant but he expects the number to be higher because some head teachers did not disclose the correct.
“We expect are estimating the number to be around 100, however, we have asked the head teachers not to interfere with the girls and allow them to go on with their examinations in a good environment," said Anyika.
He said that he had instructed teachers in affected schools to provide standby vehicles that will help girls in any eventuality if need arises.
Anyika said that teachers, boda boda operators, and married men are responsible for the pregnancies that have been reported.
“Poverty is the main cause of high number of pregnancies reported and am calling on parents and teachers to be vigilant with their children, such cases are annoying and as a ministry we are not going to tolerate such cases," Anyika warned.
The sentiments were also echoed by Bungoma County Commissioner Maalim Mohamed who said that the number of pregnant girls could be higher considering that many disputes were solved at home with the families agreeing on local payment arrangements with the culprits.
"The number of defilement cases and underage pregnancies is really worrying in the county and we need concerted efforts to ensure that this vice is stopped. It is worrying when even Class Eight candidates are impregnated," said Mohamed.
He stressed that parents needed to guide their children on matters regarding sex and also warn them on the dangers of engaging in premarital and unprotected sex.
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He said it was unfortunate that some of the incidents happened between students who ended up impregnating fellow students.
He cautioned local administrators for not taking action saying they would be held responsible if they did not apprehend culprits.
The administrator said chiefs and their assistants needed to be on the front line in ensuring that the perpetrators were brought to justice and warned parents against reaching agreements with the culprits as it ruined the future of the children.
"Chiefs and their assistants need to ensure that the reported cases are followed to the end so that we stop this vice and the parents who agree with the defilers and fail to report action shall be taken against them," said Maalim.
He pointed out that the areas with a lot of cases were Bungoma East, Tongareni, Sirisia, Cheptais, Mt Elgon and Bumula sub counties.
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