Strengthen sex education to save young people
Lack of basic sex education could be the cause of the high incidence of teenage pregnancies, HIV infections, gender-based violence and female circumcision.
A story published in the
Healthy Nation segment of the Daily Nation on November 7 shows how adolescent girls are struggling with motherhood.
The story, Ill-equipped teenage girls grapple with motherhood, should bring to the attention of the Education ministry the question of whether the curriculum prepares students to handle the challenges of puberty.
The reality is, teenage pregnancies have been on the rise in Kenya since 2003.
Stakeholders from the civil society organisation have adequately informed the government on what measures should be taken to curb teenage pregnancies and other sexual and reproductive health challenges facing young people.
But their sdvice has been ignored.
I call upon the government to look at the Vision 2030 road map. Will it be achieved if adolescents today continue to face the health challenges they grapple with?
It is important for the government to invest in the health of young people, including their reproductive health and rights.
One of the ways it can achieve change is to introduce a policy that makes it mandatory for sex education to be taught in schools.
MESHACK IAN ACHOLLA, Nairobi.