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Teen pregnancies stalling girls enrolment, says CS

PD Correspondent @PeopleDailyKe

Teenage pregnancies, early marriages and poverty are undermining the push to shore up girls enrolment to schools, Education Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed has said.

She said although there has been remarkable progress in closing the gender gap in access to education, Kenya is yet to overcome barriers keeping girls out of class. Amina also cited improper menstrual education and hygiene as well as violence as among the key barriers impeding girls’ access to education.

 “Unesco estimates that 130 million girls aged between 6 and 17 are out of school. An additional 5 million girls of primary school age will never enter a classroom,” she said.

 Amina spoke in Geneva  during a roundtable convened by the High Level Platform for Girls’ Education to sensitise key officials of UN agencies and partners as well as diplomats on the 12 years of Quality Education for all Girls’ Campaign.

The High Level Platform for Girls’ Education was launched by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in April and is co-chaired by  Amina.

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