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NGO pushes for introduction of sex education in schools

01 December 2014, 16:02 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - A Nakuru based non-governmental organization wants the government through the Ministry of Education to introduce sex education in school as one way of combating teenage sex and pregnancies.

The National Citizen’s Engagement forum through its Chief Officer, Joseph Gitonga, has said that lack of enough sex education has forced most teenagers to explore activities related to sex and this has led to teenage pregnancies as well as the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

Speaking Sunday during the official closure of the youth sex week organized by the Redeemed Gospel Church in Bahati constituency, Gitonga said that such education will make the youth more enlightened because it will help them understand the dangers of engaging in early sex while still in school.

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“Our teachers have failed to talk about these issues with their students and this has forced most of them to do things they should not be doing. Sex education needs to be mandatory so that our children can be taught what sex is and the right time to engage in it,” said Gitonga.

He added, “The only way to reduce teenage pregnancies in our schools is by teaching these young ones on the dangers of early sex and letting them know that it is wrong to engage in sex while still in school. Teachers must stop shying from this topic because they are also parents.”

He said that the Ministry of Education must come with a complete syllabus to guide teachers on the lessons.

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