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technology 25 Nov 2019

Experts say Gender-Based Violence is a leading cause of school drop-outs in Kenya

By Waiswa Wafula

Gender-Based violence has been a huge contributing factor causing school drop-outs in Kenya, particularly affecting the girl child.

The ministry of Education released statistics showing that 12,424 candidates set to sit their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination this yea in March failed to show up. This doubles from the 5,530 candidates who missed out in 2020.

“The government had announced that there should be a 100 per cent transition. Despite them missing the exams, they will be granted a second chance to sit their exam and transit either to secondary school or polytechnics,” said George Magoha, Education Cabinet Secretary

Although the CS did not expand on the specified cause for such a huge number, a senior official in the Education ministry identified teenage pregnancies, early marriages and FGM as challenges affecting some areas.

“The number of girls who did not turn up for the examinations as high as that of boys,” he said, “it is a serious concern today.

Last year during the Covid-19 shutdown, almost 200,000 teenage pregnancies were recorded countrywide according to the ministry with Trans Nzoia recording the highest cases at 10,000 pregnancies.

Also read: CS Margaret Kobia raises concern as GBV cases continue to rises in Kenya

The ministry is set to release results of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination this month, a situation officials view might have a high number of drop-outs.

“There is no doubt about that,” one senior official at the Ministry said, “the government will however, give them another chance.”

Girls from rural and informal areas are the worst affected due to the vulnerable situations they live in.

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