Early marriages to blame as KCSE candidates fail to sit exams in Kajiado


Early marriages to blame as KCSE candidates fail to sit exams in Kajiado
A KCSE exam

In Summary

  • Although several individuals have already been arrested in connection with early marriages, the county commissioner insisted that he is committed to ensure that all perpetrators are brought to book.
  •  Kipkemei has called on political leaders,professionals and church leaders to spearhead the war against early marriages and female genital mutilation.

At least 55 candidates have so far failed to turn up for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations in Kajiado County.

According to the Kajiado County Commissioner David Kipkemei, another 199 students also failed to sit their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), half of them being girls.

“This is something we are following closely because we are suspecting that early marriages could be the most likely reason as to why a high number of girls did not sit their exams,” the commissioner said.

Although several individuals have already been arrested in connection with early marriages, the county commissioner insisted that he is committed to ensure that all perpetrators are brought to book.

Kipkemei has called on political leaders, professionals and church leaders to spearhead the war against early marriages and female genital mutilation.

” I will be very harsh to the individuals that are still practising this outdated norms including those that have escaped and are seeking refuge in the neighbouring country Tanzania because, after all they will still come back,” Kipkemei affirmed.

Kipkemei expressed concern saying that the menace has continued to cloud the future of many girls in the county.

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