Due to the prolonged school shutdown, Kyaggwe county leaders are concerned about an increase in the number of pregnancies and deliveries affecting school-aged children.
In the Kyaggwe county (Ssaza) bursary initiative, at least 127 of the 1,000 girls had conceived during the lockdown. Some of the children gave birth to healthy babies, while others gave birth to stillborn children.
According to Steven Katabarwa, the Kyaggwe County Commissioner in Charge of Education, the incidences were documented in August while trying to determine the welfare of the scheme’s beneficiaries in their homes.
Despite the fact that the victims are between the ages of 13 and 16, Katabarwa claims that none of the perpetrators, including fellow pupils, close relatives, and uncles, have been held accountable.
Katabarwa suspects the figure is significantly higher because some of the children were unable to be contacted because they were away from their known locations.
Ssekibobo Elijah Bogeere, the leader of Kyaggwe county, has called to security agencies to act and bring the criminals to justice. He also asks schools to provide the afflicted ladies a second chance to finish their education.
The increasing frequency of teenage pregnancies, according to Sheikh Buruhan Nsubuga, the LC I chairperson of Kikoma B Village in Buikwe district, is due to child labor and parental irresponsibility.
Ann Mary Atwanyi, the Director of the Lugazi municipality’s Children’s Trust in God Initiative, believes that greater effort is needed to encourage boys to respect and support the girls in their communities. She also recommends that the government implement skill-building workshops in communities to keep children occupied, particularly during the lockdown.