Teenage pregnancy: keeping up with the Joneses has eclipsed family interaction

Tens of teenagers in Kilifi wrote their KCPE exam while pregnant. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Growing up in western Kenya, an important teaching that was drummed into young people was to ask a potential spouse what their clan was.
  • Sex was forbidden at home and within the wider clan.
  • It’s time we went back to basics, kept our children busy to burn excess sexual energies and slowed the rat race for our children’s sake.

As the schoolgirl pregnancy topic rages, one of the strongest statements so far was from Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, who accused parents of negligence and abdicating their responsibility to advise their children on the dangers of early sex. Benjamin Sogomo, a former Teachers Service Commission secretary, expressed a similar view days later in his column in this paper.

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