FIDA-Kenya Statement on CS Magoha teen-teacher sex stance

FIDA-Kenya Statement on CS Magoha teen-teacher sex stance

Fida-Kenya statement has faulted Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha’s advisory to teen girls who are sleeping around with teachers.

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In a press statement, FIDA-Kenya Chairperson Nancy Ikinu said Prof. Magoha’s warning that female students not to accept teachers’ sexual advances is misplaced.

“We would like to remind the CS Prof. Magoha that school students are children and it is the duty of the state to protect them from sexual predators and to keep the learning environment safe,” read the statement in part.

According to Fida-Kenya, cases of teen pregnancies in Kenya have been rising steadily with statistics from the Global Childhood report 2019 indicating that Kenya has the third-highest number of pregnant teens in the world. Schools are the second highest after the family set-up where children are sexually abused.

Find below the full FIDA-Kenya statement:


Cases of teen pregnancies in Kenya have been rising steadily with statistics from the Global Childhood report 2019 indicating that Kenya has the third-highest number of pregnant teens in the world. Schools are the second highest after the family set-up where children are sexually abused. The authority over children exhibited at home is extended to school and
some teachers are using this authority to sexually abuse children under their care.


On July 17, 2021, in reaction to the high number of pregnant KCPE and KCSE exam students, Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha is reported to have warned female students against agreeing to teachers’ advances.


We would like to remind the CS Prof. Magoha that school students are children and it is the duty of the state to protect them from sexual predators and to keep the learning environment safe.

FIDA-Kenya notes that it is the Ministry’s responsibility, working with
the National Assembly and other stakeholders, to develop and strengthen laws and policies, to increase access to justice, health, education, and social services that help protect children and to enhance access to justice to sexual violence victims.

 Teacher advances towards students are categorized as defilement and indecent acts under the Sexual Offences Act. The most appropriate action is severe punishment for such teachers to serve as deterrence to other would be violators.

These children are victims and have a right to full protection while the perpetrators should face the full wrath of the law.


Several laws, including the Children’s Act and the Sexual Offences Act, criminalize sexual engagement with children under the age of 18, and in 2010, the TSC issued guidelines designed to protect children from sexual abuse in schools.

The new rules ban students from visiting teachers’ homes, warn teachers against using the promise of academic progress to coerce children into sexual liaisons, and stipulate that any sexual abuse of a child should be reported to the Commission within 24 hours.

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The Ministry of Education and schools must also put measures within their systems that make it easy for victims to report abuse without feeling intimidated.

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