The number of girls dropping out of school to get married continues to worry leaders in Uganda’s South Central District of Lyantonde despite the existence of an education ordinance to check the problem, local media reported
According to Fatuma Kyomuhangi, a field officer with Forum for Women in Democracy, an organisation fighting for gender equality, their latest survey reveals that 65 per cent of girls in the district drop out of school before completing Primary Seven.
“This trend is so common…needs to be reversed if we are to have good mothers for tomorrow,” Kyomuhangi said during the launch of the report.
A head teacher in a local primary school also told reporters that 20 underage have dropped out of his school to get married in the past one year.
“I tried to intervene with the help of police and Lyantonde District officials without any success,” he said.
Local leaders in the district attributed the problem to lack of enough secondary schools in the district, which leave the parents with no option but to marry off their daughters.
“After completing their primary seven examinations, many of them have nowhere to study hence getting married,” a district leader said.
Daily Monitor also says a 2011 Demographic Health Survey in Uganda indicate that about 25 per cent teenagers get pregnant annually.
Fourteen per cent of these had their first sexual encounter at 15 years, while 57 per cent had their first encounter before 18 years, with majority dropping out of school due to pregnancy.
Credit: Daily Monitor