Register pregnant girls, says Uneb

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As guided by the Ministry of Education and Sports, UNEB is calling on schools to register the pregnant girls to enable them sit for their final examinations.

UNEB executive secretary Dan Odongo Thursday said UNEB recognizes that the lockdown due to COVID19 has been a very tough period especially for the girl child.

“We have received reports that a number of them became pregnant during this season,” he told press at Uganda Media Centre.

“While we do not condone teenage pregnancy, we recognize that most of these girls are victims of circumstances, holding unintended pregnancie.”

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Odongo said many of them are traumatized and denying them the opportunity to sit their final examinations would be double jeopardy.

This will also derail the gains of gender inclusiveness attained so far in reducing the disparity between girls and boys registering for their final examinations, and finishing a given academic cycle, he noted.

“Therefore as guided by the Ministry of Education and Sports, UNEB is calling on schools to register the pregnant girls to enable them sit for their final examinations.”

More than 2,372 girls in Uganda became pregnant since the lockdown due to the pandemic.

COVID-19 has created an atmosphere that has wretched many of children, families and communities around the world, mostly in the education, health and economic sectors.

AVSI-Foundation embarked on a project with District Health Teams to create vivid awareness campaigns to combat teenage pregnancies and to ensure access to safe deliveries in health facilities for girls and women.

According to a report from Human Right Focus Uganda (HURIFO), a total of 4,062 cases of teenage pregnancy have been recorded in six out of eight districts in Acholi sub region within five months of the pandemic.

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