By Allan Tawai.
A new study suggests that sixty-six percent of adolescents in the country do not know how to use contraceptives. The report indicates that more than 66 percent of teens want to know the different contraception methods that are available, while 62 percent want to know where to get them.
The study was conducted by Guttmacher institute and the African Population Health and Research Center. A total of 2,484 school going children between the ages of 15 and 17 years from Nairobi, Homabay and Mombasa counties were interviewed.
“Adolescents between the ages of 15 and 17 years who were interviewed said they are not getting the information they need from their teachers and guardians,” Estelle Sidze, the lead researcher said on Wednesday.
“Studies have shown that this group is the most critical age period where the adolescent need to have adequate information on sexual reproductive rights,” Estelle added.
The study dubbed from Paper to Practice: Sexuality Education Policies and their implementation in Kenya also shows that 59 per cent of the moral talk given to teens by their teachers emphasizes that sex is bad while fifty-eight per cent thinks that sex is immoral.
“It has been proven by evidence that abstinence programs alone or fear induced messages do not work on adolescents. We do not to provide accurate information on this subject,” Estelle added.
Sixty-one percent of those interviewed said they have substandard information on sex education.
Information on comprehensive sexuality education should be based on five main topics; Sexual and Reproductive physiology, HIV and STI prevention, values, sexual reproductive health rights, contraception and unintended pregnancies.
However, only two are being offered in schools i.e. Sexual and Reproductive physiology and HIV and STI prevention.
Article Courtesy. This article was published in The Star on 2017-04-20 15:00:00