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Outcry over high teen pregnancy as 3000 expectant students sat for KCSE exams

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The Ministry of Education has decried the increased cases of teenage pregnancies. Over 3000 female students in Kenya sat for their 2015 National examinations out of classrooms causing concern to education officials.

Dr. Fred Matiangi, the CS of Education, said the government is concerned over the increased cases of pre-marital sex in secondary schools. According to Matiang’i, many of the expectant students were either about to deliver or admitted in hospital during the exam period.

A total of 525,802 candidates sat for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams last year, an 8.3 percent increase from 485,547 the previous year.

Of the total number of candidates who sat for their KCSE exams, 243,581 of them were female candidates representing 46.59%.

Read: It takes two to tango. Why blame the gets pregnant?

Matiang’i called on leaders as well as teachers to discourage reckless premarital sexual behaviour since it’s a threat that urgently needs to be dealt with.

He also called upon the students to desist from violence especially now that Kenya is headed for the General Election in 2017.

“The youth of our country time and again have been used as perpetrators of violence in political context,” the CS said.

He was speaking at the Bomas of Kenya when presiding over the opening ceremony of the 8th annual national secondary students’ council leaders’ conference.

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