Par­ents must be in­formed about teen preg­nan­cies

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

The move to pro­tect students who get preg­nant from be­ing ex­pelled or sus­pended from school or be­ing forced to un­dergo preg­nancy tests as pro­posed in the The Care and Pro­tec­tion of Child Bill, 2016 is com­mend­able. The bill pro­poses that sus­pected preg­nan­cies will be re­ferred to health in­sti­tu­tions where they will be tested. This will save the school­girls from ridicule and stig­ma­ti­sa­tion from teach­ers and their peers. How­ever, ban­ning the school man­age­ment frof in­form­ing par­ents or guardians of the preg­nancy with­out the teenager’s per­mis­sion is wrong and should be amended. This is be­cause should the teenager refuse to give con­sent for the par­ents or guardians to be told — which they are likely to do out of fear — they will not get the nec­es­sary sup­port or guid­ance. The par­ents and guardians have a right to know what is go­ing on in their chil­dren’s lives.

MILLICENT MUKHONGO Nakuru

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