Task force to minimise early pregnancy cases

Tuesday March 29 2016

A team has been formed to tackle the issue of early pregnancies in Matuga Sub County. FILE PHOTO

A team has been formed to tackle the issue of early pregnancies in Matuga Sub County. FILE PHOTO 

By FAROUK MWABEGE
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Amani National Congress deputy party leader Kassim Tandaza has formed a special task force to address the problem of early pregnancies in Matuga Sub-County, Kwale.

The initiative was launched to address the increasing cases of pregnancies among school-going children that are behind high dropout rates.

He spoke at Mwamivi Primary School in Tiwi where at least 10 pupils were reported to have become pregnant.

He attributed the problem to lack of education among students and their parents.

The ANC leader said the task force would visit schools to counsel pupils on the importance of abstinence.

He added that the men involved in the acts should be punished accordingly.

“I am going to use my time and resources to ensure that all those who are behind the acts are sentenced to jail and I do not expect this issue to be politicized,” he said.

A parent at the school, Mwanamgemi Said, attributed the pregnancies to increasing levels of poverty, stubbornness of the children and disobedience.

She also blamed parents for allowing their children to go to nightclubs, where they are lured into sex by older men.

The school has never sent a student to secondary school.