District Commissioner, Col. Denice Mwila said this over the weekend when speaking to this paper on a number of strategies taken by the district to address the challenge.
"We only have two cases, this year. And this has been possible through awareness campaign carried out across the district,” he said.
The five-year campaign, according to DC Mwila, carried out through the community Radio, known as through Radio Karagwe FM and other media outlets.
In this campaign, we involved a number of players—parents, students and other stakeholders. Our idea is to have zero pregnancy in schools, he said
In the 2017/ 2018 fiscal year, the district with 20 wards had 12 cases of teenage pregnancies, but this year, the number has plummeted to two.
“To us this is a good achievement,” the DC said, refuting rumors that Missenyi District had plans conduct pregnancy tests to all female students soon after reopening schools.
“What we’re doing is to continue with our awareness campaign to ensure that all people are aware of the negative impacts of teenage pregnancies, he stressed.
DC Mwila encouraged parents and guardians to ensure that their children particularly girls are raised in the right path and are empowered with knowledge on issues related to reproductive health.
“These are key issues when it comes towards ensuring that children realize their dreams of having better future through better education,” he said.
Teenage childbearing in Lake zone stands at 29 percent as the national average stands at 23 percent.
AT least 229 girls in Kagera Region dropped out of school due to pregnancies between 2014 and 2018. During the period Misenyo District had 36 school dropouts, which mostly caused by pregnancy.
Among other factors, social and cultural reasons for teen pregnancies include poor parental monitoring, pressure from peer groups and sexual feelings among individuals.