Susan Abeja, the Otuke District Woman MP believes that the girls should be given a chance to continue studying even after giving birth. She says as leaders, they will make sure that the girls receive the necessary support they require at school.
Otuke District authorities have resolved that all teenage mothers report back to school after giving birth. The resolution follows a report by Advocates
Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a Non- governmental
organization working in the district, which shows that 1,363 teenagers got pregnant between January to July
The district leadership argue that schools in the
district will be useless if there are no children, adding that
getting pregnant while at school should be treated as a one-time accident. Alfred Malinga, the Otuke Chief Administrative
Officer (C.A.O) explained that they are collecting the exact data on teenage pregnancies and Gender-Based
Violence to find where and how these children can be helped to return to school.
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He however, blamed the parents for abandoning their responsibility of
grooming the children.
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Susan Abeja, the Otuke District Woman MP believes that the
girls should be given a chance to continue studying even after giving birth. She says as leaders, they
will make sure that the girls receive the necessary support they require at
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John Chrysostom Muyingo, the State Minister for
Higher Education warned the stakeholders against abusing the opportunity of
allowing pregnant girls from accessing education after giving birth.
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Elizabeth Atyang, a 16-year-old girl who got
pregnant before the release of her 2020 PLE results describes her pregnancy as
a “big mistake,” saying that when given the opportunity she would like to continue with her studies.
“I slept with him only once and I did not even
think that I would get pregnant and now I’m here like this. I really want to
study and become a nurse in future so if they can allow me, I will take that
Last year, the Ministry of Education came up with a policy, which allows girls who
conceived while still at school to return to school six months after giving