Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha wants pornographic sites banned in the country, saying they are to blame for the high rate of teenage pregnancies.
Speaking on Thursday in Nakuru, Prof. Magoha said he will lobby the Cabinet and by extension the President to consider changing the law to block information related to pornography from being accessed by anyone in the country.
“You see when you are not thinking about sex but someone opens a pornographic page then you start thinking about it and generating ideas. Why is that site accessible in Kenya? Who needs it?” posed Magoha.
“Don’t tell us because it is accessible in the US that it should be accessible here. There many countries in Africa and Asia that have blocked it and their culture is better.”
The Education CS, however, raised doubt about a report circulating on social media indicating that thousands of school girls across the country aged below 19 years have been impregnated between January and May this year.
He termed the figures as “obnoxious” alluding that some NGOs pushing for introduction of sex education in schools could be behind the report.
“I would like to interrogate the rate of the pregnancies because they look obnoxious. I am asking myself as a professor, did these girls go and report that they are pregnant? Who is giving us these figures because they seem to be definitive? Could some NGOs who are keen on pushing sex education be using these exaggerated number,” said the Education CS.
At the same time, Prof. Magoha called for tougher action against individuals who sexually assault girls even as he urged parents to pay more attention in morally guiding their children.