Jan 25, 2022

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Ugandan religious leaders say it’s challenging to keep pregnant girls in schools

The Uganda Interfaith Council (IRCU) has raised concerns about the challenges of keeping pregnant girls in schools and said the government-issued directive requires a national discussion of all stakeholders on how to implement it / p>

The concern was raised by the IRCU in a by His Grace Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu uttered a read out statement when she recently turned to journalists.

He said that the reopening of the schools, given the long period of closure, which, among other things, affects the state of the infrastructure, the interest the teacher impacted on the availability and engagement of learners, as well as the parents’ ability to meet educational requirements.

Dr. Kazimba said the IRCU is committed to the Ministry of Education’s efforts for all learners regardless of the challenges ahead such as automated promotion, measures to comply with Covid-19 protocols and young people finding themselves in the role of parents.

< p> The Arch The bishop said that while the ministry’s efforts are commendable, some of the issues need to be discussed further by all concerned as teachers may not have the skills to deal with learners under certain conditions.

“Schools are not equipped to deal with health challenges that can arise in the first three months of pregnancy, and yet we have an obligation to reduce maternal mortality. There are also cases of boy fathers who are now forced to care for their expectant mothers. There are girls who have been to boarding schools who have difficulty deciding whether they will cope with the boarding school environment in their condition, “he said.

Archbishop Kazimba said they [IRCU] believe that This is realistic. Options need to be explored to see how all learners can be realigned in their situation, as all those involved have a common dilemma; the children, teachers, school owners, parents, religious leaders and the government.

“The government has restrictions on how it can meet its obligations under re-entry policies. School owners are also faced with the challenge of providing mothers-to-be and breastfeeding mothers with adequate facilities, and parents have an increased burden of fees and the care of unplanned, unwanted and unsupported grandchildren who live with stigmatization in incest cases. All of this requires a concerted effort on how the country can get out of this dilemma, “he stated.

However, the prelate said that given the magnitude of the social situation, religious leaders are challenged to maintain moral standards for the issues they are also victims.

Religious leaders also want the model community development program to extend its scope beyond economic empowerment to include issues of this kind as they undermine the sustained economic empowerment so longed for.

Bishop Joshua Lwere, who is also a member of the IRCU, said they will mobilize their grassroots members to a response team that will be monitoring a number of pregnant girls so they can keep abreast of the extent and monitor also the challenges related to the reintegration of the affected girls and boys, in addition to supporting parents and Teachers.

He added that they will strengthen pastoral services in schools to improve the prevention of such incidents.

“The measures set are intended to address the immediate challenges, but we are convinced that this social problem should not be taken as normal and call for concerted, consistent and constructive efforts in addressing the causes, starting with a national discussion with all relevant “stakeholders”, he added.