The Kenya National Union of teachers (KNUT) Nandi branch secretary Stephen Misoi has blamed the rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the region on parents’ negligence, saying parents are avoiding their responsibility.
Speaking to West FM at Kobujoi, Misoi said the parents were avoiding the responsibility of giving advice to their children on the dangers of sexual indulgences thus the increase in teenage pregnancies especially during this Covid-19 pandemic, which led to closure of schools.
The unionist has decried the rampant cases of teenage pregnancies, saying Nandi has a total of 3,300 cases from across the six constituencies, Tindiret and Nandi south sub-counties being the mostly affected. “Parents should be seriously responsible for their children especially the girl child whose life is at stake by offering advice regularly,” he said.
He revealed that the teenage pregnancy cases reported involve minors aged between 12 and 16 years old. He said the County government of Nandi should swiftly come up with programs to sensitize girls on the risks of early sexual engagements.