Benson Katyango Boeing, a Senior Education Officer of Kotido district says girls are at the risk of dropping out of school once their parents don’t give them another chance to study and complete their education because despite early pregnancies.
Stella Kijange, of Nwoya District, an advocate and women rights activist says that more teenage girls are still at risk of getting pregnant during the lock down due to their extreme vulnerability to the secondary, social and economic impact of the pandemic.
It is estimated that at least 30 girls under the age of 18 are defiled every day in the region. Recent statistics by the Ministry of Education reveals that over 10,000 girls were impregnated during the lockdown period in Acholi.
On behalf of the girls, Janet Bamulyekye of Kalongo Seed Secondary school in Luweero handed over a petition to Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development Janat Mukwaya demanding that the government takes action to end social abuses against the girl child.
Monica Amoding, the National Youth MP noted that during the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to provide an additional 5m US dollars about 12.7billion Shillings for reproductive health services.
Namabidde also advocated for the formation of Youth Friendly Corners in schools with youthful nurses to counsel students and educate them on different dangers of early sex. She said students would find it easier to trust such youthful nurses with different problems they encounter in their sex lives.