The Fight against Early Pregnancies in Schools Continues

Immediately after TSC scrapped off their register 29 names of teachers alleged to have sexual relationships with students, a member of parliament comes out to speak on sexual education in schools.  Three years ago a debate over whether sex education should or should not be included in schools arose and later dwindled without a clear conclusion.

During the 2019, nation examination period many incidences of young girls taking exams while pregnant and others delivering during exams were recorded. CS Amina Mohammed ordered a probe into early pregnancies and it seems that the ministry of education as well as members of parliament are determined to fight the menace.

Molo MP Francis Kimani Kuria has criticized those opposed to the introduction of sex education in schools.

Speaking in Nakuru town during an interview, he said times have really changed and it is high time that sex education is included in the curriculum.

“With the new technology in place, even young school children have learnt a lot and therefore, should be assisted on matters of sex education by introducing the same in curriculum,” he said.

“This will help address vices such early pregnancies and high rate of HIV infections among youths,” he added.

The MP also hit out at religious organisations for what he termed as failure to shape the society.

According Kuria, the churches are focusing so much on tithes and other issues and neglecting the vices affecting youths.

The debate on whether to introduce sex education in both primary and secondary school fizzled into thin air. The last time the discussion was heard was three years ago during the launch of the National Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Policy (ASPRH) 2015.

 It sought to have adolescents be given unhindered access to comprehensive sexual education and confidential services.

However, the Bill was suffocated by Senate as they claimed it was an attempt to ‘spoil children’.

Health CS Sicily Kariuki recently featured on various news sources expressing concerns over the high number (over 40percent) of new infections among young people aged between 15-24 years.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *