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Bomet: 10 girls sitting for KCSE exams in various maternity wards

By Gilbert Kimutai | April 9th 2021
The girls experienced labor pains on Wednesday. [Courtesy]

10 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates in Bomet East are sitting the ongoing national exams in various hospitals after giving birth on Friday.

Education officials in Bomet said the candidates from seven schools in the sub-county are in stable condition and have been able to write their exams in the maternity wards without any challenge.

The girls were rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after experiencing labor pains and were admitted to various health facilities across the county.

Reacting to the cases, Petroleum and Mining Chief Administrative Secretary, Eng John Mosonik, said the high number of adolescent pregnancies was worrying.

Mosonik, who was in Longisa to supervise the examination, said early pregnancies among school-going girls was a social problem that needs to be addressed by local leaders and administrators.

The CAS said there was a need to crack the whip on perpetrators.

“Those out to spoil the future of the society by impregnating learners should be punished harshly. This is not a laughing matter and should be handled head-on. We should say no as the society and declare war on those out to ruin our future generations,” said Mosonik.

He noted that the sub-county has reported a high number of deliveries during exams and challenged teachers and parents to put effort to ensure girls are protected.

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“We have no such cases in other sub-counties and it is worrying that Bomet East has such number. Performance in the sub-county is wanting and the cases of pregnant candidates are a pointer to the level of performance,” said Mosonik.

The CAS at the same time said parents should invest in school infrastructure within the county to meet rising demand.

“As parents, we should go out of our way and invest in school infrastructure so that students can get that conducive environment to learn,” said Mosonik. 

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