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According to Nalubega, there is a need for collaborative efforts to ensure the return of young mothers to schools since these children are already traumatized by the effects of what they did out of ignorance.
Authorities in Buikwe, Mukono, and Kayunga districts are worried about the delayed return of pregnant and breastfeeding learners to school. The government reopened educational institutions
across the country on January 10th, 2022 following almost two years
of closure to contain the spread of COVID-19.
the problem of child pregnancies, the Ministry of Education and Sports directed
headteachers and other educational authorities to allow all learners to return to school including those who got pregnant or gave birth during the lockdown.
Despite this, many schools in Greater Mukono have not registered learners in this category.
Statistics from various district
health offices show that over 600
children conceived in Buikwe district, 600 in Kayunga, and Mukono 400.
Buikwe District Senior
Education Officer, Joyce
Nalubega has appealed to the foundation bodies, directors, and headteachers to reach out to such learners
rather than wait for them to report to school, saying they may never show up.
According to Nalubega, there is a need for
collaborative efforts to ensure the return of young mothers to schools since these children are already traumatized by the effects of what
they did out of ignorance. She notes
that the failure to return the girls to school
will result in bigger danger, heightened cases of domestic violence and other criminal cases.
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Some headteachers interviewed by URN cited the lack of finances to monitor and rehabilitate
such children within their localities so as to
convince them to return to school. Amina Nakayiza, the headteacher of Kisimba Umea Primary School in Najja Sub County
Buikwe District told URN that she tried following up two pupils who got pregnant but was disappointed by
their parents who chose to hide them.
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Godfrey Kanyike, the headteacher of Burere RC Primary School in Buikwe, says that teachers
have been equipped with emergency
healthcare and antenatal skills in case they happen to get such pupils. He says
that the learners will be placed under special needs given their situation.
Abdunafi Musiitwa, the Head Teacher of Musiita
Seed Secondary School at Nazigo sub-county in Kayunga district,
says that he prepared a room
consisting of three mattresses for the child mothers when they
return. He notes that so far three students have registered
with the school and they are waiting for them to start.
He revealed that they shall allow them to study on days they
feel energetic enough to attend but encourage them to engage in the discussion so
as to move at the same pace with
other learners. However, private schools in Mukono are not willing to admit pregnant or
They subjected all female learners to pregnancy tests on the very day of the
resumption of the studies. For instance, schools under the Mukono Diocese
were instructed not to admit such learners. A memo issued by the Diocesan Secretary for
Education, Rev. Geoffrey Kagoye noted that their intention is not to punish the learners but
protect their values in the schools.
“...we should look at the
inconveniences to other teachers and students themselves who are pregnant
brought as a result of complications of pregnancies. …what will happen to those
who get pregnant during the course of study. Will they be implicated when the
rest have been allowed to attend classes?” the memo reads in part.
runs about 200 schools. Parents and several residents are not happy with
the diocesan instructions. Rosette Nabbumba Nayenga, the Board of Governors of Mukono High, one of the biggest and most populated diocesan schools, wants teachers to be facilitated to handle such learners other than stopping them from attending school.