Early pregnancy, marriage are the major drivers for school drop out-report


By Jumah Kakomo
Research indicates that adolescent pregnancy and early marriage are the major barriers to girls’ education.
According to UNICEF, approximately 35% of girl school dropouts caused by early marriage and 23% is due to early pregnancy (UNICEF, 2015).
In 2013, Uganda was ranked 16th among 25 countries with highest rates of early marriages,  46% of girls got married before the age of 18 years, while 12% got married before making 15 years (world vision 2013).
Henry Isogoli, the district health inspector, Butaleja said that the school dropout  is higher at  primary level as compared at secondary level attributing it to lack of interest, pregnancy, early marriage, high costs of school dues, family responsibilities among others.
Meanwhile, Humphrey Nabimanya from Reach a hand Uganda said they are to use voices for health as an advocacy project to seek legal and policy reform, budget allocation, and engagement of decision makers at district level to prioritize young people’s access to sexual reproductive health, right information and services.
This comes a few days after Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate a day of the girl child on Tuesday in Kyenjojo district.


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