Education stakeholders in Kilifi County have raised concern over increased cases of teenage pregnancies in the region.
A crisis meeting that brought together teachers, parents and local leaders, resolved to have remedial measures developed in a bid to reverse a trend that is threatening to reverse gains made in the education sector.
While the Government and education stakeholders were in delight over the milestones achieved in the education sector, a unique challenge was to manifest in the 2018 KCPE and KCSE national examinations.
The high number of candidates sitting their examinations while pregnant or giving birth during the exercise was however perturbing.
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In fact, the Government is working on a strategy to introduce guidance and counseling departments and strengthen existing ones in both primary and secondary schools beginning next year.
Kilifi County had the highest number of teenage pregnancies, with at least twenty pupils giving birth during the course of this year’s KCPE examinations.
It is a situation so dire that education stakeholders including parents, teachers and local leaders held a crisis meeting as they sought solutions to the problem.
During the meeting held at Banda La Salama, Chonyi sub County director of education Doris Mashaka called on parents to be more proactive in inculcating good morals in their children.
Area Member of Parliament Ken Chonga said they have developed local mechanisms to curb the vice where action will be taken against those impregnating school children.
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