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Shock as 18 pupils confirmed pregnant

11 June 2013, 12:28 Arap Yego

Shock and disbelief has engulfed residents of Emia Location in Mt Elgon Constituency after more than 15 girls of a primary school in the area were confirmed pregnant.

The 18 girls of Chepkurkur Primary School were confirmed to be expectant last week during a stormy Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) meeting in the school. The girls have subsequently dropped out of school.

The news left members of the public with a lot of questions, with majority of them seeking to know the identity of those responsible for the pregnancies.

Speaking to the media in Kopsiro, acting area D.O Peter Kiprop said the provincial administration is concerned and they have launched investigations to apprehend those responsible.

”18 girls in the school got expectant in the school from the start of this year.  One girl in class four, five in class six, eight girls in standard seven and four who were supposed to sit for their final class eight national examinations were the victims," narrated Kiprop, who furnished journalists  with a copy of the meetings minutes that contained the names of the affected minors.

According to the administrator, the parents at the meeting admitted laxity in exercising responsibility over their children.

It was also established that some of the parents have allegedly received threats from some of the offenders, who include some pupils in the school.

Area Education Officer Jacob Wanyama could not be reached for comment.

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