Absenteeism is high and common among girls at the time when they are in their period. Most of them keep out of school
Mothers in Kibuku district have been warned against encouraging their school going daughters to befriend sugar daddies in exchange for money, sugar and meat.
The warning was on sounded by Kabweri constituency member of parliament Francis Zindula Gonahasa shortly after distributing reusable sanitary pads to school girls of Molokochomo primary school in Kibuku district to mark international girl child day.
"We have on several cases interacted with a number of girls and they have always told us how their mothers encourage them to befriend sugar daddies so that they can get some money to manage the family affairs," Gorret Nabukenya the Kadama Widow Association coordinator said.
The revelation shocked the legislator who sounded a warning to parents who turned up for the celebrations at Molokochomo primary school.
"Some parents in Kibuku still think that when you educate the girl she will only help the family of the man where she will marry in future," Zindula said.
Zindula also distributed reusable sanitary pads to girls in P.6 and P.7 after learning from the senior woman teacher of Molokochomo primary school Florence Logose that absenteeism among girls was high during their menstruation period.
"Absenteeism is high and common among girls at the time when they are in their period. Most of them keep out of school for fear of being ashamed before their fellow students" Logose said.
Zindula also expressed concern that when young girls are encouraged to lure men in exchange for money end up getting HIV/AIDS or get pregnant and the result is death or dropping out of school.
"Please help me keep my young girls in school because when you educate a girl you educate a nation. Please parents provide for girls while at school do not think president Museveni will come and give food to your child after even simplifying by giving free education," Zindula advised.