Residents baffled by rising cases of teen pregnancies

Saturday November 10 2018

TEEN PREGNANCY

Tens of teenagers in Kilifi wrote their KCPE exam while pregnant. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

BAYA SAMUEL
By BAYA SAMUEL
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WINNIE ATIENO
By WINNIE ATIENO
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In a sleepy village in the hinterland of Kilifi County, a 15-year-old girl cuddles her two-week-old infant, born just days before its mother sat her KCPE exams.

Despite the setback, the girl said she was determined to pursue her education and possibly join secondary school next year.

“Then after my secondary education, I want to join the university for a course in education. I want to be a teacher. This to me was an accident which will not deter me from achieving my ambitions,” the girl said.

According to her, she was impregnated by a pupil from a nearby school who is now in Standard Seven.

“When I told him about the pregnancy, he said that he will take care of the baby's needs,” she said. However, no sooner had he made the solemn declaration than he fled from the village.

“He is not currently here but his parents said they will take care of his baby,” the teenage mother told Saturday Nation.

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