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Teenage Pregnancy Escalate School Drop Outs

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A report compiled by the Forum for African Women Educationists in Eastern Africa, indicates that many girls fail to continue with studies as a result of being expelled from schools.


The report emphasises that this trend increases on the number of girls dropping out of schools leading to early marriages and forced marriages.


Another report released by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), shows that Kenya has lower dropout rates compared to Uganda but higher than that of Tanzania.


James Kiwalabye, the Programmes Manager at the Uganda NGO Forum, cites poor conditions at school, poverty in families, receiving presents from sugar daddies, desire to have fancy clothes, child headed families as the major factors for increased school drop outs in Uganda.


He urges government to put up a policy where even impregnated children stay in schools and complete their studies instead of being expelled from schools to reduce on the number of the illiterates.


Other factors leading to school drop outs in general are; lack of interest in studies, harsh and cruel teachers, hidden fees charged by UPE schools, overcrowding in classes, among others.

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