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41 candidates have given birth in Kitui since KCSE exams began

Kitui County Education Officer Salesa Adano said an additional 72 girls from the county who are candidates are pregnant/FILE

KITUI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Forty one students have given birth in Kitui County since the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations began on Monday.

Kitui County Education Officer Salesa Adano said an additional 72 girls from the county who are candidates are pregnant.

“This is just too difficult even to say considering the number is 113,” said Adano.

He said the Education Department is puzzled because no parent appears concerned.

“No parent has raised a red flag. No parent has said, look, something is happening with my daughter. Not a single chief has raised, not a single community member… but it is us as a department are saying that something is very seriously wrong,” he added.

He said he is baffled by the issue that up to now they are not aware who is responsible for the pregnancies.

“it could be from outside the school, within the school or any other person out there….. a young boy, man, adult, senior person. It could be anybody” he said.

He said his department is nervous because it doesn’t know what to do over the number of teenage pregnancy in Kitui County.

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