Zenar Nasur, the Luweero District Education Secretary, says most of the teenagers were lured into sex after being left alone at home by their parents. She explains that most of the affected girls live with their grandparents and guardians who exercise little control over them, which gives them leeway to engage in irresponsible sexual behavior with their peers or male adults.
3855 teenage pregnancies have been registered in Greater Luwero districts since
schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools closed in March this year as part of
the measures announced by the Health Ministry to disrupt the spread of the coronavirus disease.
candidate classes are scheduled to resume their second term studies tomorrow
after spending more than six months at home. However, information from greater
Luwero districts comprising Luwero, Nakasongola and Nakaseke show that 3855
girls of school-going age are pregnant.
the breakdown, Luwero district has the highest number of teenage pregnancies
with 2082 cases followed by Nakasongola with 922 cases and Nakeseke with 851
cases. Most of the teenagers reportedly conceived between March and August,
2020 during the nationwide lockdown.
were compiled from Probation Officers who obtained it from health centers in
their respective districts. Zenar Nasur, the Luweero District Education
Secretary, says most of the teenagers were lured into sex after being left
alone at home by their parents.
that most of the affected girls live with their grandparents and guardians who
exercise little control over them, which gives them leeway to engage in irresponsible
sexual behaviour with their peers or male adults.
According to Nasur, many teenagers
are likely to drop out of school because of stigma while some parents may opt
not to support their children to return to school because of the pregnancies.
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teenagers our reporter found seeking antenatal services at Luwero hospital
declined to be interviewed. Joseph Mugabe, a resident of Luwero town council,
says that some pregnancies were a result of defilement, which is rampant in the
In Nakaseke, the District Education Officer, Stephen
Batanudde has asked learners with pregnancies to return to school since the
government policy protects them. Nakaseke district is known for early marriages.
Some of the expectant teenagers could have already settled for marriage.
At least 123
candidates failed to turn up for their Primary Leaving Examinations last year because
of early pregnancies and marriage. Nakasongola Senior Probation Officer, Irene
Ssanyu, says most of the teenagers were impregnated by motorists, relatives and
other community members.
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At least five million Ugandan children have dropped out of school before
completing their Primary Education Cycle in the past 20 years across the
country, according to Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) and Education
and Sports Sector Annual Performance Reports.
pregnancies and poverty rank top among the causes of school dropout.