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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
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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.

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