Nyeri County Commissioner Yatich Kipkemei has called on parents to take up their parenting role keenly during the coming long school holidays.

This he says will prevent their children from engaging in irresponsible behaviors such as early sex, alcoholism and drug abuse.

Yatich said if not checked, the two months-long break will be misused by the young ones as they engage in experimental behaviors.

Speaking yesterday during the Mashujaa Day Celebrations in Kiriti Stadium in Mukurwe-ini Sub-county, Yatich beseeched parents to particularly supervise and monitor their young girls’ activities to avoid teenage pregnancy.

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“We do not want to find ourselves in a situation where our girls will be pregnant as schools reopen in January next year,” said the Commissioner.

He challenged parents to take up the responsibility of being involved in their children upbringing if they expect them to conform to expected societal norms.

“As a parent, you must know where your children are at any given time and what they are up to.” the Commissioner said, adding that responsibility of shaping a child’s behavior fell squarely on parents.

At the same time, Yatich sent a message of goodwill to the candidates who will be sitting the national examinations starting next week, assuring them there will be maximum vigilance to secure the examinations.

He said they will deploy enough security personnel in all the examination centers to ensure smooth delivery as well as credibility of both the KCPE and KCSE examinations that commences on October 28 and November 4 respectively.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kaiga, said the County Government will put up two shrines in honor of the area two heros, Mau Mau freedom fighter Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi and Noblel Prize winner Prof. Wangari Maathai.

He said the shrine in honor of Kiamthi will be put up on the spot where he was shot and captured by the colonialist at Karunaini village in Tetu Sub-County at the edge of the Aberdare Forest.

Kahiga said the shrine will be complete by the time the same celebrations are held next year.

The Governor said the Prof. Wangari Maathai shrine will also promote Nyeri as a tourist destination saying plans are under way to establish a new climbing route in Mt. Kenya in order to promote mountain hiking tourism.