Parents and teachers are worried about the increased teen pregnancy rate in Kenyan schools. They have concluded that incorporating sex education could be of help to this trend.
A few weeks ago, primary school pupils sat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. It was disturbing to many present that some pupils did the exams while pregnant, while others had already given birth.
A Report from Education Cabinet Secretary
The education minister Amina Muhammed revealed shocking report after the final KCPE paper.
“A high number of candidates became mothers during the three days of KCPE. This is the case all year round; the country could be facing a real crisis.” Amina said.
Amina’s statement led to a great debate countrywide both on Social media and radio stations.
Another parent lamented how teenage pregnancy interrupted with the life of her daughter.
“My daughter spent four weeks in hospital due to pregnancy complications. She scored low marks, and we had to take her back to Class Seven. For now, she puts motherhood first and schools second,” Irene Achieng said.
Another school suffers the blow of 20 pregnant students
Bwala secondary school in Kitale had eight pregnant students who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. The other 12 students came from other classes.
Parents blamed the teachers for being absent and sometimes leaving school early and gave the students the freedom to go and engage in sexual activities. The teachers, in turn, blamed the parents because they were the ones who spent most of their time with the students.
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