The programme involves holding sensitization talks with students in both primary and secondary schools within the five sub counties. The learners are enlightened on how to evade temptations.
“We have taken a step to sensitize them on the need to avoid sexual relationships. The cases are currently at 49%, “said the county’s reproductive health coordinator Betty Khaemba.
Mrs. Khaemba said the sensitization events also seek to ascertain the root causes that are leading most of the girls to fall victim to the pregnancies that affect their learning. Some of the partners are from Mariestopes
The exercise was launched at St. Raphael Big Tree Secondary school in Kiminini constituency where the principal Nancy Khaemba said the situation is rampant in mixed day schools.
“We rely on parents and guardians to guard the girls when they are not in school since perpetrators take advantage of them in their absence. We currently have eight cases,” said Mrs. Khaemba.
She said the school has set up a support system for pregnant students who are taken through counseling and are also assisted to access prenatal care services at public health facilities.
“We also talk to other students against stigmatizing their colleagues who are pregnant. We sensitize them on the need to understand that while they erred, they have a chance to rectify that if they are disciplined,” said the principal.
Village elders in the region termed night discos at homesteads with funerals popularly known as Disco Matanga as the major avenues through which the girls are impregnated by men who entice them with money.