Kyaggwe county leaders
are concerned about the increasing number of pregnancies and deliveries involving
school-age going children due to the prolonged school closure.
At least 127 out of the 1000 girls under
the Kyaggwe county (Ssaza) bursary scheme have conceived in the lockdown. Some of the children have given birth to healthy babies while others had stillbirths.
Steven Katabarwa, the Kyaggwe County Commissioner in Charge of
Education, says that they documented the cases
in August while trying to establish
the wellbeing of the beneficiaries of the scheme in their homes.
to Katabarwa, although the victims
are between 13 and 16 years of age, none of the offenders including
fellow student, close relatives and uncles, have been
Katabarwa is suspicious that the number could be much higher since they were unable to access some of the children because they were away from their known localities.
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Kyaggwe County Head alias Ssekiboobo Elijah Bogeere
Lubanga Mulembya has appealed to security agencies to intervene and bring the perpetrators to book. He also appeals
to schools to give the affected girls a second chance to proceed with their studies.
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Sheikh Buruhan Nsubuga, the LC I Chairperson of Kikoma B Village in Buikwe district attributes the increasing number of
child pregnancies to child labour and negligence on the part of the parents.
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The Director of Children’s Trust in God Initiative in Lugazi Municipality, Ann Mary Atwanyi says that there is a need for more effort to train boys to respect and support the
girls in their communities. She also advises the government to introduce skilling classes in communities to
keep children busy especially during