Go back to school, lawmakers tell teen mothers

Mwingi North MP Paul Nzengu at Kyuso market. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Cases of high number of teenage pregnancies have been blamed as key reason why girls dropout out of schools. 

As a result, two elected leaders have called upon the young mothers to resume their studies.

Mwingi North MP Paul Nzengu and Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi appealed to such girls to resume their studies since some of them had given birth while others are about to.

Escalation of these pregnancies occurred during school closure of about 10 months to prevent spread of Corona virus disease countrywide.

Kitui County has over 1000 pregnant school girls.

Nzengu spoke at Usueni market in TseikuruSub Countyrecently as he issued Sh 43 million as bursaries to needy learners.

“This ongoing bursary issuance will benefit over 10,000 learners in the 33 locations of Mwingi North constituency,” added Nzengu.

He called upon parents with children who might have delivered to take them back to school.

He added that those pregnant should also resume their classes till they deliver and continue with their education there after, nothing should blur their dreams.

“I want to call upon teachers to protect these teen mothers from any form of criticism for peaceful learning. Kindly do not allow them to be victimized by their colleague students. Offer them counseling too if need be,” added Nzengu.

Mwingi central MP Gideon Mulyungi warned men preying on school children to desist from such behaviour. He called for stern action against those behind the pregnancies.

He emphasized that the young mothers should be allowed to go back to school, and be counseled on the dangers of involving themselves in early sex.

The law maker observed that the girls are underage and there is no consent of sex in underage however big they may appear.

“Some of these girls do not even understand the consequences of sex. Some were raped, others influenced; they are all children and must continue with their education before and after giving birth,” said Mulyungi.

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