Bill to pro­tect child mothers will be hard to im­ple­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

The Se­nate is set to de­bate the Care and Pro­tec­tion of Child Par­ents Bill 2016 which in­tends to pro­tect the rights of child par­ents. The Bill is a good idea but the pro­poser has not re­ally thought it out well, as its im­ple­men­ta­tion in its cur­rent form is close to im­pos­si­ble. This is be­cause it side­lines other par­ties and doesn’t have points of co­op­er­a­tion, only cold di­rec­tives to them. These par­ties in­clude par­ents, school ad­min­is­tra­tors and so­ci­ety. We have to ap­pre­ci­ate that once they give birth, they are mothers. Ac­knowl­edg­ing that, then we will be in a po­si­tion to en­sure they have ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. The main rea­son why child mothers drop out of school is be­cause of dis­crim­i­na­tion and vil­i­fi­ca­tion by stu­dents and teach­ers. We need to change this at­ti­tude.The Bill also con­tra­dicts it­self. On one side, it side­lines par­ents and gives the child in­de­pen­dent rights while on the other it gives the par­ent full re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.


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