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741 School Girls in Narok County Are Pregnant

332 girls in primary schools are pregnant, while 409 students under the age of 18 are pregnant in secondary school

741 School Girls in Narok County Are Pregnant

Narok County education stakeholders will conduct a one-month Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) drive to arrest and prosecute defilement perpetrators.

According to data from the Ministry of Education, approximately 741 school-aged girls in the county are pregnant.

The decision was made at a consultative meeting presided over by Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde and attended by eight deputy county commissioners, the County Director of Education, and the County Director of Gender.

The senior counsel from the Office of Public Prosecution, the County Police Commander, Judiciary representatives, the County Director of Health, the County Children Officer, and the County Information Officer were also present.

According to the County Director of Education, Jane Njogu, 332 girls in primary schools are pregnant, while 409 students under the age of 18 are pregnant in secondary school.

She went on to say that Narok South had the most pregnant girls, with 149, followed by Narok Central, with 140, and Narok West, with 124.

Other sub-counties where such incidents have occurred include Trans Mara West (81), Narok North (60), Narok East (66), Trans Mara South (67), and Trans Mara East (54).

“I believe the problem with our society is with the culture that allows girls to engage in sex after they undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM),” observed Ms. Njogu.

She reiterated that some principals are unwilling to disclose the number of pregnant girls in their schools, preferring to work with parents to keep the men responsible for the pregnancies hidden.

Every month, according to Narok County Health Director Francis Kiio, approximately 900 girls visit various health facilities in the county for their first antenatal clinic.

“This means there are 900 new cases of pregnancy among girls aged below 18 years every month. Some of these girls are still in school while others have dropped out of school,” he said.

County Commissioner Masinde has directed the education department to advocate for the establishment of guidance and counseling sessions in all schools, where students will be subjected to extensive sensitization programs.

“The number could be more as we believe many cases are not reported. This is very scary and we all have to bring our efforts together to eradicate girl pregnancy,” said Masinde.

Simultaneously, stakeholders expressed concern about the tragic cases of minors being impregnated by other minors.

“We must start engaging the school principals and head teachers closely so that they too can know they have a responsibility of guiding the young children on sexual matters,” he said.

Already, 66 people have been remanded in custody, and 90 others have been convicted of defilement in the county by the courts.

Narok County was identified as the leading county in terms of teenage pregnancy cases in the Kenya Health Demographic Survey in 2014, with 40% compared to the national average of 18%.

741 School Girls in Narok County Are Pregnant

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