KAGADI, UGANDA: The Kagadi District Senior Educational Officer, Ms. Beatrice Mbabazi has tasked all Headteachers of both primary and secondary schools to offer psycho-social support to pregnant girls and teenage mothers who are set to resume their studies next week.
Ms. Mbabazi issued the directive during a meeting with all school Headteachers in Kagadi with an intention of ending discrimination and stigma against pregnant girls and teenage mothers.
It is in line with the ministry of education and Sports revised guidelines for the prevention and management of teenage pregnancies in schools that direct all schools to prioritize the admission of pregnant and breastfeeding girls.
Ms. Mbabazi said schools need to offer time to the young girls to tell their stories on what happened because listening to these stories without stigma will protect the child mothers.
She also asked school directors not to hike school fees which may, in turn, deny a chance for the pregnant girls from accessing school.
“A number of schools wrote to us informing us that they are not going to reopen during the official school reopening date due to some circumstances, and therefore am requesting school heads of private schools to alert us before Sunday this week if your school is not going to continue operating so that we give help to pregnant girls who have been studying in your schools and take them to other schools,” Ms. Mbabazi said.