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Primary school pupils drop out of school to marry

15 April 2015, 09:11 John Kioko

Kwale - Early pregnancies are among the challenges affecting academics in Kwale County according to Kwale Welfare Education  Association chair, Ramadhan Bungale.

Bungale said the issue is affecting both boys and girls in the area.

He was addressing parents at Mwache primary school recently during a motivational talk where they also distributed sanitary towels to girls.

Bungale said eight pupils have dropped out of the school to get married.

“Unfortunately, the trend is changing now because boys are also dropping out of school to marry unlike before where only girls dropped to get married,” he said.

Bungale said that three out of the eight pupils who dropped out of school were boys.

“The three boys also abandoned school to marry at their tender age," he lamented.

He blamed the society for contributing to the problem, saying that parents do not take such issues seriously but instead give it a blind eye.

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“Time has come for us to change and ensure we don’t tolerate such issues in our society. You cannot assume that a minor dropping out of school for marriage is normal,” he advised.

He said those found responsible for blocking minors from continuing with their education will be dealt with accordingly.

Bungale was accompanied by Kwale deputy Governor, Fatuma Achani who urged the girl child to concentrate on her studies for the sake of her future.

“We want to liberate ourselves from poverty and it will only be possible if the girl child is educated. I urge you to take your studies
seriously," she appealed.

The deputy Governor urged parents to take care of the girl child and ensure they are protected from sexual harassment.

“Some parents sent their children to buy goods in shops at night and that is dangerous. There are those who overwork children and fail to spare them time to study. We have to give our children time to revise,” she said.

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