Eldoret:Student decries sexual harassment at Cambridge Universal College!


“Last term about  five  students  were pregnant  in my class, this is happening in many institutions around”

A section of the Cambridge Universal College in Eldoret where students have decried cases of sexual harassment

A  section  of  female students pursuing  their  Education at an Eldoret based College training Institution have  decried  increased cases  of  sexual harassment at the  Education centre.

19 year old Nancy (not  her  real name)  who is pursuing  a course in Medical Psychology and  anatomy at the Cambridge  Universal College  located within Eldoret Town is one of the  affected students who are  currently depressed after turning down several sexual advances   from her  teacher who has now  resulted in deliberately failing her in her examinations ,

“I am depressed that the teacher has been bothering me. At first I was unable to share my ordeal with my mother, However I managed to talk to a friend who explained to my mother of the predicament” Sobbed Nancy.

At the Moment we  are making  arrangements  to get  an admission at another  school  where  I will be able to  focus on my studies and pursue my dreams to become a doctor, She added

Nancy adds  that the  teacher is purported to have  had  other illicit relations  with other  students  in the school and who are  afraid of  speaking out  for fear of  victimization .

Hubzmedia has since visited the schools management that has promised to carry out an investigation into the allegations.

“we are  not  aware of the allegations, however we will need the names of the students reporting of being  sexually  harassed in order to commence with investigations”Said the school registrar  Fredrick Omondi.

However despite the  schools firm position against sexual harassment matters ,Hubzmedia  established that  there was no a visible  displayed harassment prevention and procedure policy  as  at  12th Sep 2023 ,and  neither were the students aware of the policy.

Hon Patrick Kimeli Chair -The Uasin Gishu County Assembly committee on Labour, Social Welfare, Gender and Children, has affirmed the mandatory requirement of a sexual harassment policy in the training institutions.

“We have advised the affected students to write a petition to the Uasin Gishu County Assembly through the clerk, the matter is a serious one it will be directed to an ad hoc committee, we will be engaging the directorate of criminal investigations over the matter” stated the Gender Committee chair.

Mr. James Ahela a media trainer with one of the leading colleges in Eldoret observes that a majority of female learners are forced to defer or terminate their learning due to early pregnancies,

“Last term about  five  students  were pregnant  in my class, this is happening in many institutions around,am concerned it  is  affecting the  quality of  education delivered to our  girls,” He  affirms

Many of the colleges lack a sexual harassment  policy that  is known to the  students , the  institution however  have  firm instructions to their  trainers against illicit  relations and  sexual harassment towards their students .He adds

Sexual harassment is prohibited by Kenyan law under the Sexual Offences Act No. 3 of 2006.

While  a majority of  Universities in Kenya  have a clear sexual harassment policy there is a concern that an ethos of gendered violence often expressed by sexual subjugation of girls by  lecturers and trainers in Colleges continues unabated .





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