In Summary
  • Many girls doing the national primary and secondary exams this year are pregnant or have given birth.
  • The National Assembly has launched investigations into the high rate of teenage pregnancies in schools.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has asked Parliament to come up with tough proposals to protect schoolgirls from sex pests, suggesting an overhaul of the Sexual Offences Act.

Mr Lusaka's suggestion comes at a time when hundreds of girls between 13 and 18 years, who sat for the national primary exams last week or are sitting the ongoing secondary exams, are pregnant or have given birth.

OUTCRY

“The only way to stem this debilitating vice is to come up with stringent laws that will serve as a deterrent to others. We need to act now, and tough, because criminals are messing with the future of this country,” Mr Lusaka said at the Lavington United Church in Nairobi yesterday.

His suggestions came as the National Assembly launched investigations into the high rate of teenage pregnancies in schools following a public outcry over lack of government action.

WORRYING

Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga wants the House committee on Education to investigate the cause of teenage pregnancies in the country and the steps taken to ensure the problem is addressed.

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