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Sexual education to be introduced in schools

04 September 2014, 23:01 Jane Zack

Busia - The National Gender and Equality Commission will introduce sexual education in schools, the commission chairperson Winfred Lichuma revealed on Wednesday.

Speaking after paying a courtesy call on Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in his Town Hall office yesterday, Lichuma said the move is aimed at bringing sanity into the youth.

"The commission will introduce sexual relationship workshops during holidays to the youth to enable them understand the consequences of indulging in early sexual relationship adding that they shall need relevant information to be imparted to the youth at an early age to enable them make right decisions when they leave school" she said.

Lichuma added that early pregnancies among girls in schools was another major concern which the union will strive to eradicate at an early age.

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She regretted cases of man and wife becoming parents at below 18 years of age, a situation which makes their mothers take care of the child.

Lichuma is accompanied during their one week tour to the county by commissioner  Dr Florence  Wachira, deputy  CEO Paul Kuria, panelist Dr Owuor  Olungah, legal officers Emily Kimani, Dennis Muyui and activity coordinator Mugo Mureithi.

Governor Ojaamong said  the Luhya and Teso culture were being eroded with youth defying recommended  ages of 20 for girls and 23 for boys of getting married.

He added that poverty and alcoholism were major contributing factors to early marriages among the youth, adding that changing peoples' mindset to be self-reliant was difficult.

In a bid to avert poverty, Ojaamong said his government will introduce social programs and to introduce subsidized agricultural inputs to make them easily accessible to many disadvantaged farmers.

County Sports, Culture and Social Services Executive Matinde Mchuma said access to youth and women funds in the County was very low owing to few application forms from the national government.

Dr Owuor said the idea of loans among the youth in Siaya County is seen as slavery with wrong perceptions that their land will be mortgaged if they default in the payments.

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