Fred Enanga issues stern warning to all individuals ridiculing pregnant students.
The Spokesman for the police, Mr. Fred Enanga yesterday issued a stern warning to teachers, learners, and the general public against ridiculing students who got pregnant under the COVID-19 lockdown but are back in school to study ahead of their final examinations.
This notice comes after candidate students returned to school and the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) allowing pregnant girls to register for their final exams.
“You are all aware the COVID-19 period has been burdensome for girls more than boys, especially in unsupervised/uncontrolled settings. As a result, girls were vulnerable to sexual abuse, pregnancy, and even child marriages,” the Police said in a Monday night statement.
“Even with the new developments, girls with early pregnancies are still faced with challenges of returning to school which included, fear of being ridiculed with discriminated against, shyness, low self-esteem, fear of being frowned at and labeled young mothers, harassment from peers,” the Police spokesman added.
The Police added that the negative parental attitudes, insensitive school environments, and other public spaces might work against the attainment of education for these pregnant girls.