By Josaya Mutugi
Kenya women teachers association (KEWOTA) has called for the introduction of sex education in schools so as to arrest the increasing cases of early pregnancies and incest among the teens.
Kewota’s Kirinyaga County Director Wilkister Wanjiru said that sex education should be introduced gradually at an early age so as the children can start growing knowing the changes in their bodies.
Wanjiru noted that most of the cases of incest and early pregnancies being witnessed now is as a result of children trying new things that the parents and the teachers have not engaged them in thus the sex education will go a long way in creating the much needed awareness.
Speaking at Kutus town in Kirinyaga county, the coordinator noted that negative misleading information is also to blame for the early pregnancies whereby children have the tendencies of thinking they cannot impregnate each other.
A group of extra mile counsellors led by Rose Wachira have also called upon the ministry of education and the teacher’s service commission to increase the number of counselling teachers in schools to help the children open up on issues affecting them
She said that classes for counselling teachers in schools should be reduced to ensure they have ample time to counsel children, saying that most of the time counselling teachers concentrate on other lessons other than counselling.
Rose said that the role of nurturing the children in the society should not be left to the teachers alone but the society should take responsibility.