The National Government’s Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF) on Monday, January 11, unveiled five buses that will be used to transport pregnant schoolgirls in Homa Bay County.
The buses that are to serve several schools in Rangwe constituency were started by the region’s MP, Dr Lilian Gogo, who noted that most girls living in remote areas did not make it to school.
The district education director observed that since the schools reopened, only 75% of the students had returned to class, the rest being girls who had been impregnated and had chosen to stay at home.
One of the school buses purchased by the Rangwe National Government District Development Fund (NGCDF)
The transportation initiative is part of a plan to encourage schoolgirls to return to school after giving birth.
“I beg the parents whose daughters are pregnant, please allow them to go back to school so that they can continue their studies,” she said.
She noted that there is no shame in pregnancies, adding that school transportation will ensure the safety of students.
Gogo in July 2020 unveiled buses worth Ksh 33 million to help schools actively participate in the skills-based program.
With the prolonged closure of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic, vehicles were kept at Rangwe police station for safekeeping.
Although the government ordered all children to return to school, students who gave birth did not have caregivers to care for their babies, posing an additional challenge for schools, administrators and parents. .
Ndhiwa MP Martin Owino pleaded for the government to consider providing child care for babies whose mothers need to return to school.
Speaking at Ongaku High School on January 12, Owino said some of the teenage mothers came from underprivileged backgrounds with parents struggling to make a living, hence the need for the government and county to ” intervene to make sure they return to school.
Ndhiwa MP Martin Owino speaking at a past ceremony