BY MWIKALI MUENDO FOR WWW.EDAILY.CO.KE
The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Chairman, Prof. George Magoha, has urged the Government to block all websites containing pornographic material, saying it will help to curb early pregnancies, which have been on the rise.
Speaking at Nairobi School on Wednesday, November 28, after KCSE candidates wrote their last paper, Mr Magoha said consumption of pornographic content among school-going children has significantly contributed to the increase in cases of teenage pregnancies.
“Access to pornography via the Internet has contributed to the increase of teenage pregnancies in Kenya. These websites should be blocked,” said Mr Magoha.
“The girl child needs a lot of care because she is the most affected,” said the KNEC boss.
“Getting pregnant when you are not ready is primitive. It shows that there is moral decadence in society, and that parents are negligent.”
Besides suggesting that the access to porn websites should be hindered, Mr Magoha also advocated for the introduction of sex education in schools to help contain the teenage pregnancy menace.
“It is disappointing that leaders do not take talk about family planning but cheer people on to multiply and fill the earth. It is outdated for people to argue that sex education in schools should be delayed. This is the time to introduce such lessons in schools,” said Mr Magoha.
The 2018 KCPE and KCSE candidates posted high numbers of pregnant learners, with statistics showing that at least 110 KCSE candidates sat the exam while expectant in Kitui County alone.
And in Bomet County, 13 secondary school students from one institution alone wrote the tests while expectant.
On November 1, Education Principal Secretary, Dr Belio Kipsang, said parents of candidates who give birth during exams risk arrest.
Statistics from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFP) indicate that between June 2016 and July 2017, 378,397 adolescents in Kenya aged 10 to 19 got pregnant.
Organisations working on children issues say the number could be higher than reported.
The organisations are now calling for a multi-disciplinary approach to end the vice that they say changes the dimension of childhood for the children involved.