Nine schoolgirls impregnated during Covid-19 school closure in Kahama

11Aug 2020
The Guardian
Nine schoolgirls impregnated during Covid-19 school closure in Kahama

​​​​​​​NINE primary school girls in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region were impregnated during COVID-19 school closure, authorities have said.

Two of the nine girls got impregnated before temporary closure of the schools while the rest were found impregnated soon after studies had resumed. They have been suspended from school to attend cases filed at the district’s court.

Salma Mwenda, Kahama Primary School Health Officer, revealed this yesterday at a special event intended at building capacity to health teachers on preventive measures against Covid-19.

The event that was organised by the Huheso Foundation under sponsorship of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) also intended at providing awareness to gender discrimination thus teachers can play their part in fighting gender discrimination in their communities.

According to her, early pregnancies among primary and secondary school students is attributed to parents not playing their parental role of protecting girls against the incidence instead they have been allowing girls to get into their home at any time without questioning where they have been spending most of their time.

“So far there are nine pregnant students and have been suspended from school. The number of pregnant girls is likely to be big as inspection is ongoing across all 80 primary schools in the district,” said Mwenda.

Kahama District Council Health Officer Basil Gervas said that Kahama residents have started ignoring instructions of sanitizing and washing their hands alongside wearing face masks calling upon teachers to make sure that students wash their hands before getting in class.

On his part, Baki Salama programme coordinator from Huheso Foundation, Gerald Muheto, said that the programme is being implemented in five wards namely Zongomela, Nyasubi, Kahama town, Malunga and Majengo.

Speaking on behalf of the teachers who attended the event, Rahel Lobozi from Kahama A primary school said that they are facing difficulties at schools in making students wash and sanitize their hands because the general public seems to forget or ignore taking such cautions.

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