Teen moms crisis: Outrage over rise in shameful trend

Teen moms crisis: Outrage over rise in shameful trend

Teen pregnancies
About 11,977 girls in Busia got pregnant in 2018 with 358 of them being 10 to 14 years old. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By FAITH NYAMAI

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IN SUMMARY
  • The Ministry of Education has identified major causes of teenage pregnancies as lack of parental guidance, lack of sex education in schools and moral decay in the society.
  • Other cases include lack of guidance and counselling in schools, the boda boda menace around schools and lack of alternative means of discipline to replace corporal punishment.
  • Prof Magoha also cited cases where some teachers were accused of engaging in sexual activities with learners.

More than 11,000 girls in primary and secondary schools got pregnant last year, latest statistics from the Ministry of Education show.

The data shows that, out of the 11,950 girls who fell pregnant, 2,885 of them were in primary school while 9,065 were secondary school students.

ALARMING

Bungoma tops the list of counties with the highest number of teenage pregnancies with 1,080 girls, followed by Kakamega with 1,018 cases and Kisii with 1,015 cases.

Other counties with high cases of teenage pregnancies include Kisumu (641), Elgeyo Marakwet (509) and Trans Nzoia (508) cases. Counties with the lowest number of reported cases include Garissa (3), Turkana (3), Wajir (7), Mandera (8) and Isiolo (26).

Counties such as Kitui, Kwale, and Kilifi reported a high number of teenage pregnancies in primary schools than in secondary schools. Only Lamu county did not have cases of teenage pregnancies in secondary schools.

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