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Sex tourism blamed for poor education in Coast

15 June 2012, 14:23 Alloys Musyoka

The government has been urged to set up strict rules to discourage students from engaging in sex tourism in the country.

According the Principal Mombasa Polytechnic University College Josphat Kazungu Mwatela, tourism had diverted young children from education.

He said young people were using tourism wrongly expressing need for the matter to be addressed properly by the government to protect school children who drop out of school for sex tourism.

“The government should set up laws to avert the act at the Coast province for the sake of good morals and education,

It is very sad to see young people wrongly using tourism in the region and that should be solved,” he asserted.

Speaking at Malindi Central primary school during a district prize giving day, the principal attributed poor education performance in the national exam in the Coast province to sex tourism.

He said the province has a potential of performing well in the national exams but noted that issue of sex tourism has really affected education standards in the region.

 “Young children have dropped out of school to look for money from tourists. The trend has gone high because children lack proper role models,” he added.

The principal also urged students in the region to develop positive attitude towards science and mathematics subjects.

He warned scarcity of engineers in future will hit the region if something is not done because most students were avoiding chemistry, physics and biology.

Mwatela said many students have negative attitudes against science subjects which he noted is a major problem facing the region in terms of engineers.

“I am urging students to develop positive attitudes towards taking science subjects so that in future we don’t have to import engineers from other areas of the country,” he said.

However the principal said there is shortage of science teachers in the region urging the government to intervene and sent more teachers in the area.

“It is high time the government ensures that all schools have labs are equipped so that students can learn and get quality education,” he appealed.

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