Students ask the Education ministry to allow them access contraceptives.

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A section of female students have called upon the Education ministry to allow them access contraceptives.
Gladys Namawejje, a Senior Five student of Kawaala High School in Kawempe, reasoned that once they use contraceptives, they will avoid unwanted pregnancies.

“Some female students are very sexually active, so my appeal to the ministry is to give them contraceptives and condoms to avoid getting pregnant and remain in school,” Ms Namawejje pleaded on Saturday during a dialogue to mark the international youth day at Makerere University.

Ms Namawejje alongside her colleague, Ms Jane Peace Kaayi from Alliance Secondary School in Kibuku, outlined some of the challenges that they face at school as female students.
Some of the challenges included lack of pads, water shortage, defilement and other forms of sexual harassment.

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Mr Derrick Alter Ndahiro, the president for School of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University, told the Education ministry officials at the dialogue to listen to the plea of the female students and avail them with contraceptives.

Mr Henry Semakula, the senior education officer, guidance and counselling/ assistant coordinator health- HIV unit, however, said the ministry’s policy cannot allow students to use contraceptives.

“The ministry can’t allow that. We are fond of doing the right things, at the right time, place and for the right people. What you are asking is much under the Ministry of Health,” Mr Semakula said during the dialogue.

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