Shock:13 KCSE candidates in one school are pregnant, write exam in hospital

A file photo of a pregnant girl

 

13 candidates from St. Monica Secondary school in Bomet County will write their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) remaining papers in hospital beds.

Reports indicate that the students were experiencing labour pains.

Mkarimu Media has learnt a hike in pregnancy related incidents countywide, with more than 30 cases being witnessed within the same county (Bomet).

Bomet County Commissioner Geoffrey Omondi said four such candidates were taking the exam at the Longisa County Referral Hospital.

“The trend is worrying and we are going to use CID officers to give us vital information that can lead to arrest of those involved,” said the commissioner.

The county commissioner noted that most of the affected candidates are from girls-only schools compared to mixed secondary schools.

At least nine candidates gave birth on day one of KCSE.

Last Thursday, Education CS Amina Mohamed asked quality assurance and standards officers at the ministry to investigate the high cases of teen pregnancies.

While leading in the opening of KCSE exam storage containers in Mombasa, Amina said the government is developing a policy to curb the incidents.

Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) chairman George Magoha has blamed high adolescent pregnancies on poor parenting.

Mogoha who spoke when he witnessed opening of exam containers at the Starehe Boys Centre on Tuesday, November 5, asked parents to spend more time with their female children in order to instill good values in them.

During the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination last week nearly 30 girls gave birth across the country.

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