Friday, June 5, 2020 – Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha, has castigated parents of three Form 1 students he helped to get admission into secondary schools after it emerged that they are all pregnant.
Referring to the minors as his “daughters”, Magoha explained that due to the prolonged stay at home over the Covid19 pandemic and their parents’ negligence, the three teenagers are now in the family way.
“On a sad note, this Ministry has noted that some parents, guardians, and caregivers are not providing sufficient care to their children while at home.
“For instance, it is most heartbreaking that after I went to the slums to fish out some of the poor girls and having taken them to schools on scholarship, and some scholarships are for four years, three of these Form 1 girls are already pregnant after that short period of two months,”Prof. Magoha lamented.
He went on to advise parents to only give birth to a number of children that they are able to take care of comfortably.
“We should only produce those children we are able to take care of.”
“If you don’t have the time to look after a child then perhaps you have no business producing children.”
“I want to state without fear of contradiction that parents have to change their mindsets and love their children by spending time with them…I think that is what is lacking and I hope this won’t happen to any of my many other daughters who are at risk especially in the slums but even in other homes where parents have a carefree attitude,”the CS stated.
The tough-talking CS also asked parents to monitor the content their children are consuming online after it was reported that there are predators lurking on the internet keen to exploit the minors.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.