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Kenyan teachers, motorbike taxi operators blamed for teenage pregnancies

03 March 2016, 16:06

Nairobi - Teachers and motorbike taxi operators have been blamed for the escalating number of teenage pregnancies in Kenya.

This is according to the 2015 National Adolescent and Youth preliminary report, which goes on to say that the majority of school going children start engaging in sex before attaining the age of 15.

Standard reports that factors such as parental negligence, poverty, drug abuse and unsafe sexual behavior also contribute to teenage pregnancies in the east African country.

Teenage pregnancies have, over the years, been a challenge in, forcing many girls to drop out of school at primary and secondary school level.

Also read: 52 Kenyans hospitalised after consuming poisoned meat

According to statistics, 103 in every 1 000 pregnancies in Kenya involve girls aged between 15 and 19.

Pregnant school girls have been reported to perform poorly in school, with the most affected being those in rural areas.

Parents have been urged to provide sex education to their children to protect them from risky behavior which contributes to unwanted pregnancies. 

- News24


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