As the government works diligently to guarantee they all sit for the examinations beginning on Monday, 124 girls from Kajiado County will take this year's national exams while pregnant.
10 expecting girls will be appearing for the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) examinations, 28 girls for the KCPE exams and 86 girls for the KCSE exams; according to information provided by the Kajiado Acting County Commissioner Harun Kamau.
Starting today, the first batch of Grade Six students around the country will take the KPSEA examinations. Tomorrow is also the first day of testing for KCPE aspirants.
"It's terrible that these girls will have to take their exams while pregnant. We are hoping that despite some of them being quite pregnant, they will be able to take their tests. They will be attentively watched, and those who may give delivery during tests will be aided ," the county commissioner said.
Given that most families have now relocated to other counties in search of pasture for their cattle, the number of expecting learners may really be considerably greater.
Kajiado County is one of the counties suffering from the severe consequences of the impending drought as a result of the prolonged lack of rain.
The remote villages and metropolitan areas of the huge county have been searched by all parties involved in education for the candidates who have lately dropped out of school.
It is believed that early marriage and certain of the community's retrogressive traditions, such as Female Gentle Mutilation (FGM), drove most females into early, unintended pregnancies. Some had already been wed off to chosen suitors.
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