Security Agencies Raise Alarm as Teenage Pregnancy Spike, 120 Candidates Pregnant
Security agencies have raised an alarm over a sharp rise in teenage pregnancies, with more than 120 candidates reportedly pregnant.
Reports from hospitals and schools indicated that 120 teenage girls will sit their national exams while pregnant, said Narok County Commissioner.
The commissioner, said the trend in teenage pregnancy was worrying and should be addressed before it gets out of hand.
He asked locals to be vigilant and report culprits of defilement and impregnators to local authorities for action to be taken.
Even with the bad news, Mr Masinde said the rate of teenage pregnancy in Narok had dropped from 40 per cent to less than 30 percent, attributing the decline to public awareness campaigns.
The Commissioner said there is alot which needs to be done so that the county can reach zero teenage pregnancies.
Teenage pregnancies in Narok are intertwined with female genital mutilation (FGM), which is still rife in the county as many locals still believe that girls must undergo the cut in puberty to become women.
Kenya Demographic Health Survey ranked Narok the top county in teenage pregnancies at 40 percent in the year 2014.