Life Style
Teenage pregnancies on the rise in Amudat, Nakapiripirit
Publish Date: Jul 11, 2014
Teenage pregnancies on the rise in Amudat, Nakapiripirit
Teenage pregnancy is on the rise especially in urban centres of the Karamoja region
  • mail
  • img

By Vivian Agaba

Officials in Amudat and Napiripiripit districts in Karamoja region are concerned about increasing cases of teenage pregnancies a problem fuelling school drop out. 

Raymond Korobe, Nakapiripirit district inspector of schools attributes the problem to the exposure and interaction of the young girls with people from other areas thronging the region for job opportunities.  

“Through school inspections and from my own observations, teenage pregnancy is on the rise especially in urban centres and it is of much concern to us. Each day, you cannot miss seeing a young pregnant girl.. Men responsible for their pregnancies ran away from them because they fear being reprimanded,” said Korobe.

Korobe however, says the very remote areas have not been exposed to the problem.

Dr. John Anguzu, the district education officer, attributes the problem to immorality and influence from other cultures.

"Many people from outside this region are working here.  During the night, girls go looking for money from men who work in the region, some of the men are willing to spend the money especially those who did not come with their wives.The men use the little money to entice the girls, sleep with them and thereafter abandon them,” said Anguzu.

The officials were speaking during different interviews about teenage pregnancy in their respective areas.

Anne Ruth Atino, head teacher, Namulotot Primary School in Nakapiripirit criticized parents for marrying off girls at an early stage denying them the right to education.

Luke Benton Logiel, Amudat senior Inspector of schools said teenage pregnancy is both in primary and secondary levels.

"This  parents who should encourage the girls to return to school after giving birth instead take advantage of the situation to marry them off," he noted.

Logiel however, says that through ‘the go back to school’ campaign, stakeholders have been sensitized on the need to educate a girl child.

Related stories

Girls not to blame for teenage pregnancy

Human capital development key to combat teenage pregnancy

Access to youth friendly services can curb teenage pregnancy

Promote sex education to avert teenage pregnancy


The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Nobel-winning economist worried prize phone call was prank
The British-born winner of the Nobel Economics Prize joked Monday that he worried the telephone call from Sweden alerting him of the award might have been a prank....
The helmet, the message, your safety:  Artist Collin Sekajugo’s story
An artist''s determination to use art to promote road safety....
Those getting HIV today are
Maj. Rubaramira Ruranga has described people getting infected with HIV today as being "reckless"....
Gashumba represents Ugandan at Miss Grand International 2015
Lilian Gashumba, represents Uganda at the Miss Grand international 2015 peagent, happening in Huamark, Bangkok Thailand....
Penelope Cruz to direct documentary on childhood leukaemia
Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz, who plays a woman fighting breast cancer in her latest film "Ma Ma", said Thursday that she will direct a documentary on childhood leukaemia....
Gayaza high school to host patriotism cultural gala
As Uganda celebrates her 53rd independence anniversary on October this year, Gayaza High school (GHS) will host the students, parents, old girls and friends to a patriotism cultural gala....
Should Makerere University fees policy be reviewed?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter