Education minister says 'activists' promoting immorality in schools will be arrested

The Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni says some Non-Governmental Organisations are promoting immorality among school-going children under the cover of being human rights defenders.

Janet Museveni

The minister alluded to a global agenda to promote immorality catalysed by said organisations, this is evidenced by the indecent entertainment performances which children are exposed to. She added that teams from her ministry are investigating such practices and those involved will be arrested.

Mrs. Museveni made these remarks while presiding over the national campaign to address defilement, child marriage, teenage pregnancy and the promotion of positive parenting at Wanyange Girls’ School in Jinja. The campaign rustled up the attendance of over 2,500 students from 37 secondary schools within Busoga sub-region.

During this event, a campaign called ‘True love waits’ was launched to encourage students to abstain from sex and focus on their education.

Accordingly, the minister reminded the young learners that abstinence will enable the girl-child to stay in school and complete their education.

She spoke against contraception and condom use, which some activists promote, as evils which lure the girl-child into sexual immorality, thereby ensuring young girls forgo teachings on how best they may protect their bodies.

She conceded, however, that contraception is efficient in ending teenage pregnancies, but the victims are exposed to sexually transmitted infections, which could impede their education goals.

At the same event, UNICEF’s Deputy Country Representative, Margarita Tileva, said that the UN family in Uganda was not happy with the challenge of teenage pregnancies and defilement in country, this why the UN has teamed up with the education and gender ministries to empower girl-children with life skills, which will enable them to surmount such untoward occurrences.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Susan Ngongi, asked government to tighten the legal screws against offenders who perpetrate teenage pregnancies and defilement.

“And for the cases of defilement and gender-based violence, including harmful practices such as child marriages, we need better application of our legal standards in response, in addition to the prevention measures at home and in our social-cultural institution,” she said.

The European Union Ambassador to Uganda, Jan Sade, spoke of the creation of means for allowing teenage mothers to access quality education.

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