A new released report shows that 37% of the girls in Uganda they have no access to television and radio-based study material promised by the Ministry of Education. The research study conducted by the Trailblazers Mentoring Foundation during the covid -19 lockdown revealed that girls in lockdown are relying on their school notes/handouts but not government materials.
While releasing the report At Hotel Africana in kampala ,sponsored by Westminisre Foundation Democracy and the Uganda women parliament Association the executive Director of the Trailblazers Mentoring Foundation Joyce Atimango Okker said that 50% of the school girls who are home due to covid lock down reported not having any home school help from government.
She stated that increased digitization of schooling is likely to widen inequalities between boys and girls, as girls from poor economic backgrounds ,adding that COVID 19 is likely to leave an adverse lasting impact on girls’ education
Atimango said that girls are likely to drop out of school to look for jobs to sustain families in post-pandemic economic crises.
The report said that adoption of new normal including online learning limited social interactions and worsened online sexual exploitation especially by girls and women living in urban centres.
It also shows that children and girls now groomed by sex predators who are soliciting for sex online through uncensored and unlimited content .