Ministry of education starts probing teenage pregnancies

A pregnant schoolgirl. PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: The Government has vowed to take a stern action against persons implicated in impregnating schooling teenagers.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed while addressing journalist in Langata prisons school in Nairobi, said she has asked the team of Quality Assurance and Standards Directorate to work with relevant departments to investigate the extent to which school girls are impregnated and later give a report for further action to be taken against the culprits.

Amb. Amina noted if the trend of impregnating young teenagers happens all year round, then the country could be facing a crisis.

“The KCPE results show that the rate of teenage pregnancies in our country is high. We are concerned that a high number of candidates became mothers during the three days of KCPE. If this is happening all year round, then the country could be facing a crisis” Amina Said.

She added that so far, nine girls have been reported in different parts of the country to have delivered during this examination period.

However, earlier reports had claimed that 20 girls had given birth during the first day of the examinations.

Three of the girls are from the Coast region with two being from Kwale while one is from Likoni Sub County.

The Longo primary school candidate in Likoni had given birth at 9.00pm on Tuesday while 19-year-old Mwanaulu Mohammed from Tswaka primary school in Lunga Lunga, Kwale County also sat her examinations in hospital after giving birth at 7 am on Wednesday.

Another candidate, at Voroni Primary School in Kwale County, on Tuesday wrote her mathematics test in hospital after giving birth.