The Girl Child Initiative Uganda (GCIU) an organization that champions the right to education of the girl child has called on government and schools to allow pregnant girls to rejoin schools.
This as schools are set to re-open on October 15 for the candidate classes of P-7, S-4, S-6, finalists in tertiary colleges and finalists in universities.
The Executive director of the Girl Child Initiative Uganda Nixon Segawa said that the decision to reopen schools is welcome but government should be mindful of the effects of the lockdown that have left many girls in the country in a state that cannot allow them resume their studies hence the need for government to relax some rules that would bar them studying.
Segawa said that girls long stay out of school and without the support system of teachers and school administrators, many girls are left vulnerable to teenage pregnancy, early childhood marriage and gender-based violence, among .
According to a Police report, 4,442 cases of defilement were reported between January and April 2020 and Sauti which is a child help line reported 800 cases of sexual abuse between January and May 2020, including increased cases of teenage pregnancy.
He called on upon government and school administrations to create an enabling environment that will allow pregnant students and finalists to go back to school, register and sit for their final examinations.
He said that the candidate and finalists should not be left to lose their valuable future as a result of being pregnant but should be allowed to also go back, catch up with their studies, sit for their final exams so as to redeem their future.
He encourage parents to offer the vulnerable girls all the necessary support and care that they need as they go through the trying moment of their lifetime.
He advised school going girls with pregnancy not to lose hope but to go ahead and register and sit the final examinations.