FIDA concerned over increased teenage pregnancies

A pregnant schoolgirl. PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Federation of women lawyers (FIDA Kenya) has raised concerns over the upsurge of teenage pregnancies being witnessed in schools across the country.

In a press statement FIDA chair person Josephine Mongare said that such incidences must be put to halt immediately warning that if goes on unchecked, it will ultimately put the girl child at risk as far as education is concerned.

“Early pregnancy denies the girl child an opportunity to get educated hence encourages poverty and domestic violence,” Mongare said

“FIDA Kenya demands that relevant authorities especially ministry of education IG and DPP carry out investigations and make sure that perpetrators are brought to book,” she added.

She called on the government to fast track the implementation of sexual offences act to have stringent actions taken on culprits, especially defilers.

Recent reports indicate that more than 30 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidates in Narok county were to miss their examinations on Monday due to early pregnancies and marriages.