From the star:
Thirteen per cent of Kisumu girls have given birth since the closure of schools due to the pandemic in March 2020, a report has shown.
Titled ‘Promises to Keep’, the report was compiled by the Presidential Policy and Strategy Unit and the Population Council in July.
Kisumu’s 13 per cent was the highest, followed by Kilifi and Nairobi.
“In Wajir County, 9% of girls were pregnant or recently had a baby,” the report reads. The cases were reported during the school closure period from March to August 2020.
The report says one in five girls between 15 and 19 years, is expectant or a parent.
“Closure of schools afforded adolescents time to interact and form relationships with the opposite gender, while others had unrestricted access,” the report reads.
The report indicates that [COLOR=rgb(226, 80, 65)]lack of money, school closure and peer pressure contributed to the vulnerability of the teenagers.:rolleyes:
Schools partially resumed for Grade 4 and Class 8 pupils in October. Some student mothers and expectant teens resumed school while others stayed home.
Many respondents to the survey described adolescents as being “idle” and “bored”, with the opportunity to “do what they want” and engage in activities that were not “the norm.”
The report highlights that 95 per cent of adolescent girls aged between 10 and 14 years and 63 per cent of 15 to 19-year-old teenagers re-enrolled to school.
Adolescent boys aged 10-14 years recorded 99 per cent enrolment, while only 74 per cent of 15-19 year-olds enrolled back.
The Ministry of Education reported that 652 girls sat for the examination in hospital, which is 131 per cent higher than the 282 girls in 2019.
These cases were predominant in Bungoma which had 43 cases, Meru 38, Nakuru 36, Kisii 36 and Nandi 31.
Over a period of three months lockdown due to Covid-19, 152,000 teenage girls became pregnant, a 40 per cent increase in the country’s monthly average.
In 2020, Nairobi county had 11,795 teenage pregnancies reported between January and May, an increase from 11,410 cases in 2019.
Kakamega county reported 6,686 cases while Machakos county had 3,966 cases in 2020.
For the interested ones, this is the link to the report https://knowledgecommons.popcouncil.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2378&context=departments_sbsr-pgy
[COLOR=rgb(226, 80, 65)]wanaume jameni, si tuwache teenagers wamalize masomo kwanza