A primary six pupil at Kanjuki Parents Primary School in Kamira sub county got pregnant during the first COVID 19 Lockdown after a 29-year-old man lured her into sex with cash donations of less than 30,000 shillings.
Several teenage mothers in Luwero district are
appealing for skills training to enable them to look after themselves and their
children. According to Luwero District Health Report, at least 16,163
girls below the age of 19 years got pregnant in the 2020/21 financial year.
Of these, 442 girls are below 15 years of age. Luwero,
Zirobwe, Kikyusa and Bombo town councils registered the highest cases of
teenage pregnancies. Kalagala, Kamira and Katikamu sub-counties also registered
Some teenagers have already given birth whereas
others are expecting soon. One of the teenage mothers is a primary six pupil
at Kanjuki Parents Primary School in Kamira Sub County. She conceived
during the first COVID-19 Lockdown after being lured into sex by a 29-year-old
man with less than Shillings 30,000.
She says that after getting pregnant, her
family decided to settle the matter with the culprit who accepted to look after
her pregnancy. She, however, notes after delivering in January this year, the
support started dwindling. She is currently struggling to look after herself as
well as the child.
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Another S.3 girl at Monde Secondary School in
Katikamu Sub County gave birth in March this year after falling prey to a
22-year-old man. She has since relocated to her auntie where she
is struggling to look after the child because the man has vanished.
The 18-year-old girl says that her parents are
unable to return her to school and now appeals to Organizations to offer her training
in hairdressing or tailoring to enable her to look after herself as well as the
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Several other teenage mothers complain of lack of
basic necessities and medical care after giving birth. Hajarah Nangobi,
a resident of Kamira town council, says that she was disappointed to see her
young child pregnant.
Nangobi says that she is unable to return to
school because she is now looking after 10 people including her newly born grandchild.
She has appealed to Organizations to come to their rescue and offer free
vocational training to teenage mothers to help them start a new life.
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Sarah Nagadya whose S.4 Child gave birth last
week says that the teenage mother seems to have lost interest in secondary
education and now want to focus on vocational training so as to empower her
with skills to start her own business.
Ronald Ssentongo, a teacher at Adonai Primary
School in Kamira sub-county, says that the majority of the teenagers that got
pregnant may not return to school because they feel ashamed of their fellow
learners. He says that some parents have resolved to marry off the
children who got pregnant because of their inability to look after them.
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Daniel Kyaterekera, the Luwero District Education
Secretary has asked the Ministry of Education to expedite the plan to
reopen schools to save other children from getting pregnant. Kyaterekera says that many teenage mothers need
vocational training but as the district, they have no institute that offers
He asked the government to come up with strategies to ensure
that young mothers do not completely drop out of formal education without skills. Last week, President Yoweri Museveni directed the
prime minister to lead the team from the ministry of education, health and the
national task force to come up with dates and revised safe proposals for
the reopening of learning institutions.