Bomet County has among the highest number of pregnant candidates this year.
Among 10 pupils who sat KCPE exams in the maternity wards three of them were from Bomet. Another 12 expectant candidates are expected to sit their KCSE exams slated to start next week.
Area County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding said cases of pregnancies among young girls in the county were worrying, and cited negligence from both teachers and parents as the leading cause.
“It is sad to see girls as young as 13 giving birth. This is a total mess on the side of parents and teachers. Some parents and especially mothers nowadays are shy to talk about matters sexuality with their children,” he said.
Cases of pregnant candidates were reported at Mismis Primary School in Chepalungu Sub-County, Lako Primary in Bomet East and another at Salobwek Primary School in Narok South; all administering the exam at Longisa County Referral Hospital.
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The commissioner noted that girls have every right to an education. “We cannot tolerate situations where young girls are sexually exploited. We must give our children quality time to gain knowledge,” he said.