Pregnancy and girl child school dropout rampant

The Ganze MP, Peter Shehe has decried the high girl child pregnancies and school dropout cases in his constituency and called for urgent remedial measures.

The legislator said 4,600 cases of early marriages and underage pregnancies had been reported in the area since 2013.

Shehe is now worried that the boy child has also become vulnerable with the introduction of boda boda business which has lured them into the risky venture that had hitherto enticed innocent girls into immorality.

Speaking at the education day meeting held at Ganze primary school on Thursday, Shehe said this trend had affect the quest for education in the area.

We are starring at a monster which we must all address as parents. These young boys and girls need our care and must seek a solution as soon as possible, he said.

Participants in the meeting urged parents to inculcate social morals into the youth in a bid to curb child sex, delinquency and other social vices, like drug addiction and poverty that has affect education standards

Ganze Sub county children officer Daniel Mbogo said sexual harassment against underage girls in the region is on the increase with almost three cases reported every week.

He said most of the victims fail to get justice in courts due to either shoddy investigations by the police or witnesses’ failure of witness to testify.

Ganze Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Mohamed Mwambudzo confirmed that early marriages and unwanted pregnancies are still the biggest threat to realization of better and improved education for the girl child in the area.

Through communal fora, including Nyumba Kumi and village elders committees, we have tried to address this problem but the progress is still low, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency