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Teenage Pregnancies In Kisumu, Child Labor Leads To Low Form One Turnout

Over 10,000 children from seven sub-counties had yet to report, causing concern among stakeholders.

Teenage Pregnancies In Kisumu, Child Labor Leads To Low Form One Turnout

Teenage pregnancies and child labor have been identified as major impediments to the Kisumu County government’s 100 percent secondary school transition program.

Over 10,000 children from seven sub-counties had yet to report, causing concern among stakeholders.

Kisumu County Director of Education Peter Munene stated that only 20, 804 of the 31, 303 candidates who sat for the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in the area have so far reported.

He attributed the low turnout to an increase in child labor, with some of the children starting boda boda businesses and other income-generating activities to support themselves and their siblings.

“I am worried about this emerging trend. A good number of them have joined the boda boda business but as stakeholders, we are working hard to make sure that they go back to school,” he said.

Teenage pregnancies, which increased during the Covid-19 lockdown, he added, have also had an impact on girl turnout in the area.

Munene stated that a multi-agency team comprised of education officials, chiefs and assistant chiefs, and Non-Governmental Organizations has been formed to round up the remaining children and ensure their attendance at school.


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“Even though we have tight guidelines to finalize the reporting, we have opened the window to allow those who are yet to report to do so,” he said.

He also stated that the lack of school fees has had an impact on the program, urging parents to apply for bursaries from the county government and the Constituency Development Fund.

He urged secondary school principals in the area to be flexible and to listen to the concerns of parents who present their children to the various schools and admit them.

“I call upon the management of schools to ensure that no child is locked out due to lack of space or school fees but rather to find alternative ways of handling the cases,” he said.

Teenage Pregnancies In Kisumu, Child Labor Leads To Low Form One Turnout

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