, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has directed the St. Mary’s Shohome Girls High School in Kakamega to register 16 pregnant girls to sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations.
This comes amid reports that alleged the girls had been denied registration by the school administration for being pregnant.
Matiang’i in a statement said that the action was unfair and against the education policy.
“Pregnancy should not be a cause of girls dropping out of school. The girls should be enabled to continue school and be given an opportunity to sit for the national examinations if she happens to be a candidate,” stated Matiang’i.
The county’s director for education Susan Murerwa was also asked to work with the local administration to ensure the students are registered for the national examinations.
“We have notified the principal of the school regarding the directive to register the students,” said Murerwa, “The school is combing the villages to get the students back to the school so they can register for the examinations as directed,” noted Murerwa.
Teenage pregnancies are the leading cause of school dropout among girls and have a significant impact on their educational outcomes.
Matiang’i affirmed that girls in such situations should be given an opportunity to sit for the national examinations if they happen to be candidates.