Crackdown on Disco Matanga to Prevent Early Pregnancies and School Dropout in Kilifi


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The government has ordered a search for learners who have not yet enrolled in Junior Secondary School and Form One in the Coastal region.

Interior CS Kindiki Kithure has directed National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) and other security officers in the six coastal counties to ensure a 100% transition rate by the end of February.

Kindiki’s directive comes after he ordered a crackdown on the organizers of the disco matanga, which he said has contributed to early pregnancies and school dropout in the region.

In a public baraza in Kilifi, Kindiki expressed his concern for the seven per cent of students who have not joined junior secondary school and said if the disco was the reason why 31 per cent of children did not make it to Form One, then he had to fight it.

The crackdown on the disco matanga was imposed by former Interior CS Fred Matiang’i in 2019 after over 17,000 cases of teenage pregnancies were reported in the county.

Months after Gender and affirmative action CS Aisha Jumwa lifted the ban in Kilifi, the government ordered a crackdown on the disco matanga, and directed the police to arrest minors found attending the function.

With Kindiki’s latest directive, the government hopes to prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future, as the crackdown on the disco matanga is part of the government’s efforts to ensure that every child in the Coastal region has access to education and a chance for a better future.

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