Pregnant Students Should Go On Leave To Avoid Stigma — Faith-Based Organisations
For the sake of society, faith-based organizations (FBOs) in West Pokot County have asked parents to fulfill their parental and mentoring responsibilities with diligence.
They lament that most parents have abdicated their parental responsibilities in the hope that schools will assume the exclusive responsibility for mentoring their children.
The FBOs recommended that the Pokot community forsake the assumption that children learn how to behave by relying solely on schools, adding that successful parenting requires the collaboration of parents and teachers.
They regretted that parents were not doing their bit to shape their children’s character during school breaks, making the teachers’ jobs more difficult when the youngsters returned to school.
Reverend Moses Long’iro of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), chair of the West Pokot National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), stated that the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) initiative should be temporarily paused to allow for many revisions.
“Formal education in Kenya was founded by religious organizations, and that is why we have come to give our views, since we still remain one of the major education stakeholders across the country,” he said.
Rev. Long’iro presented his ideas to the task force team led by Prof. David Some of Eldoret University on Wednesday.
He said that all students should take religious education classes to improve the moral standards of the country, which are falling apart.
The clergy remarked that children’s access to low-quality media information via various social media platforms was partially to blame, thereby detracting from the essence of education.
They urged the political elite across the nation to be more circumspect in public, lamenting that children are adopting bizarre behaviours based on what they see and hear from their leaders in public forums.
“Religious education should be made a compulsory subject at all levels of education. This will help in addressing cases of immorality and violent extremism among our youth in the country,” explained Rev. Long’iro.
Delphine Wachiye, the education secretary for the Catholic Diocese of Kitale, pushed for stringent sanctions against adults who get schoolgirls pregnant.
“Schools should be allowed to perform pregnancy tests on learners by the help of the Ministry of Health personnel and in consultation with the parents before schools close.
“Pregnant learners should go on leave as soon as they are discovered to avoid stigma arising from morning sickness and ridicule from other learners,” stated Wachiye.
The Diocesan Education Secretary urged the appropriate education stakeholders to investigate the issue of substance misuse and cultism in educational institutions.
Wachiye didn’t like mixing of grades 7 and 8 pupils with high school students.
He said this would lead to more homosexuality, theft, defilements, and absenteeism.
She stated that to implement CBC in the county of West Pokot effectively.
The government should expand the school food program in all-day schools, as this will promote student retention and focus and help reduce child labour practices.