05 Feb High dropout rate of girls worries govt

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Poverty, teenage pregnancy and lack of mentorship programmes have been singled out as the leading causes of the high rate of girls dropping out of school.

According to Mr Yusuf Nsubuga, the director basic secondary education, some parents shamelessly pull their daughters out of school for early marriages so as to earn from bride price. 
“The main concern of the Ministry of Education and Sports is the high girl-child school drop-out rate,” Mr Nsubuga said. “I advise young girls to avoid early sexual relationships and the community to make noise when any girl child is pulled out of school,” the official said.

Mr Nsubuga was at the weekend speaking as chief guest at the International Day of the Girl Child celebrations at the Education ministry in Kampala. He advised young people to abstain from premarital sex and work towards achieving their professional dreams.

The celebrations, organised by Plan International, started with a mentorship march from Centenary Park to the ministry offices in Nakasero, Kampala. The national celebrations are scheduled for today in Mukono District and First Lady Janet Museveni is expected to be the chief guest.

Mr Nsubuga advised female students to remain focused so that they achieve their profession careers. 
“I know some of you want to become lawyers or doctors but there is no way you can achieve these dreams without abstaining from premarital sex, ” he counselled.

“When you get involved in early sex, you are most likely to become pregnant and drop out of school. You may also get HIV/Aids. I have never heard of anyone who has ever fallen sick because of she/he has abstained from sex,” he added.

Plan International Uganda deputy country director Issa Athuman, said his organisation ensures that all girls attain their full potential in life. He said one of his NGO’s successful programmes has been partnering with AfriPads to offer low cost, re-usable sanitary towels to girls in school. Each pack of five pads is used for a whole year before it is replaced.
“Teachers have been encouraged to sell them to students and the initiative has seen girls not skipping school due to embarrassment during menstruation period,” he said.

Mr Athuman added that Plan International Uganda has also supported the construction of separate toilets and special changing rooms for girls in schools, so they can wash privately during their periods.

About plan international
Plan International Uganda programmes target the welfare of children aged six to 12 years. The organisation seeks to ensure that the children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled at home, at school and in the community. This involves ensuring that vulnerable groups are safe from all forms of neglect, abuse and that primary school going children are protected from preventable diseases.

Via: Daily Monitor

Last modified on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:01