Some 55 students who registered for this year’s KCSE examination in Kajiado County failed to turn up, according to Commissioner David Kipkemei.
Commissioner David Kipkemei at Namanga Girls Secondary on Wednesday November 7.
Speaking while witnessing the opening and distribution of papers on the third day of the examination on Wednesday, Kipkemei also revealed that 199 pupils did not sit for KCPE tests in the just concluded exercise.
“This is saddening and demeaning to a county that is struggling to improve education system and fight traditional practices that impede the progress of girl child,” said Kipkemei.
He said more than ¾ of all those who failed to sit for this year’s examination in primary and secondary schools were girls.
“We are investigating this matter to establish exactly what happened. I suspect most of them were married off before the examination or they were impregnated and felt ashamed to come and sit for their exams,” said the commissioner.
He appealed to professionals, churches and other people of goodwill to join hands with the government to fight early marriages among children and female genital mutilation.
“The government alone, without the goodwill of the residents, cannot exterminate such injurious practices. We need everyone who cares to come and stand with us,” said Kipkemei.
The commissioner said the era of exchanging human beings and livestock is long gone, it is primitive, against the law and inhuman. He added that school going girls should be allowed to pursue their dreams in education and later get married if they wish.
Meanwhile, pregnancy rates among school going girls in Kajiado could be the highest in the country, according to county director of education, Shamsa Adan.
However, Adan told KNU in an interview that no delivery of babies was recorded during the just concluded Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination.
“We did not record any deliveries during the three-day examination unlike in the previous years. Otherwise pregnancies among school-going girls are at a sorry state in Kajiado. It is strikingly high among primary and secondary school girls,” said Adan.
She went on; “This vice is not common in towns or urban areas but very common in the interior of Matapato south, Maparasha, Meto, Mailua, Sera, interior of Loitokitok, Mashuuru and Kajiado West.”
The director emphasized that girls, in the rural areas where moranism is still rampant, are impregnated at tender age unlike in urban centres.