MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 5 – The Ministry of Education is now working on a policy to curb cases of pregnancies in schools, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said on Monday.
She said they are working with other government agencies to develop the document which will be rolled out soon, even though she did not give a time-frame.
“We are working on a policy as government on teenage pregnancies in schools and we will roll it out at an appropriate time. It is really sad that we have increased cases of teen pregnancies,” said Mohamed.
She said it was unfortunate that those who are supposed to protect children have abdicated their responsibilities and instead allowed them to be exposed.
Speaking during the opening of containers carrying the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers in Mvita Mombasa, Mohamed said society has become irresponsible and in most cases it’s adults that mislead the school-going children.
“Rape is rape in any language; defilement is defilement in any language, it is a crime and the law will take its course, whenever a culprit is found,” she said.
She added that the country must confront the worrying trend.
“We must have this conversation. We cannot bury our heads in the sand. It is happening to our children, our sisters, and even our young brothers. We will deal with it…it will not go away,” said Mohamed.
She was accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba.
Namwamba said education is the anchor of any society and the integrity of exams is significant.
“I want to acknowledge the model that has been adopted by CS Amina and Ministry of Education. Everybody can feel the renewed confidence in our examinations system, the renewed confidence in our education system. This is very important for the development of our nation,” he said.
Namwamba said this is also important for Kenya’s image globally.
“All over the world, our citizens are looking for jobs, scholarships, and it is difficult when you are travelling the world, you are questioned on the integrity of the examinations of this country,” he said.
He urged young girls to focus in education.
“We want to tell out girls we have so many role models, starting from your CS Amina Mohamed. You need to stay focus on your studies,” he said.