Shockwaves as 40 students in Mt Elgon are reported pregnant
06 August 2015, 08:05
Bungoma - Barely two years after 18 pupils of Chepkurkur Primary School in Mt Elgon hit the news headlines after falling pregnant, at least 40 students from two schools in the region have been confirmed to be expectant.
Independent investigations by News24 have established that 27 girls at Moi Kaptama Girls High school are pregnant while 13 others from Chemoge secondary school are in the family way too.
However, due to the media hype the story of pregnancies created in 2013, school authorities have conspired to keep mum and not speak to journalists on the issue.
“The Board of Management (BOM) have agreed to let this matter not get covered in the media for fear of backlash and the negative publicity it may attract," a teacher from Moi girls Kaptama who requested anonymity told the News24.
It has been established that at Chemoge secondary school, boda boda riders who seduce and sleep with the girls as they go to fetch water from a nearby river are responsible for the pregnancies.
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Stakeholders in the region have called for speedy investigations into the issue and the bringing to book of all those responsible for the vice.
Parents in the region have been blamed for the escalating cases of early pregnancies as they accept cash payouts from those who impregnate their children.
"This vice should be brought to an end. It is not only giving Mt Elgon a bad name but also slowing down development in the region. Those responsible should be dealt with firmly according to the law," said Eunice Chepchumba, the chairlady for the Mt Elgon Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization.
Mt Elgon Kenya National Union of Teachers warned teachers who will be linked to the pregnancies that they will be interdicted and prosecuted in the courts of law.
"I will not advocate for any teacher who will be found responsible for impregnating their students. The law will have to take its course," said Stephen Chemonges, the area KNUT executive secretary.
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