Sexual maturation and school participation for girls in rural Kenya: a case of Kasighau location, Taita District

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The millennium development goals laid an emphasis on education, with goal number two making a commitment towards concerted efforts in achieving universal primary education by 2015. Though enrolment and access have increased in the past few years, gender parity in education in Kenya is yet to be achieved. It has been noted that dropout for girls increases as you move into upper primary. This is more so the case in rural areas. A key reason for this is sexual maturation and the attendant inability to cope due to limited support mechanisms. This paper discusses the knowledge that girls have on sexual maturation, and explores support mechanisms available both in school and at the home front. It then offers a conclusion on sexual maturation and its effect on school participation for girls, and makes a strong case for interventions in various spaces; School, Home and Government, to ensure retention of girls.

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