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Dialogue on Sexuality Education Draws Varying Opinion from MPs, Public

Members of Parliament including Jovah Kamateka (L) the Mitooma Woman MP, Justine Ayebazibwe (Woman MP Isingiro), Hatwib Katoto (Katerera) and Jacob Wangobe during the Intergenerational Dialogue on Sexuality Education held on Saturday

Members of Parliament have asked relevant stakeholders to further scrutinize the proposed comprehensive sexuality education policy before it is incorporated in the education curriculum.

They refuted claims in sections of the media that Parliament ‘banned’ teaching of sexual related topics in schools saying that it is fit that such topics be age appropriate to learners.

These views were made during an Intergenerational Dialogue on sexuality education organized by Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU) on Saturday.

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Jovah Kamateeka the Mitooma district Woman MP argued that for any law to be enacted, it should put into consideration the sociocultural norms of society.

“We can’t copy the module of comprehensive sexuality education as it is done in USA and implement it in Uganda. This law was enacted by UNESCO and we need to first understand it better before we pass it to our children,” Hon. Kamateka said.

“Besides, this topic isn’t new. Learners have always been taught about sexuality in biology so there’s no point in introducing a new subject,” she added.

Another MP, Jacob Wangobe also commented; “I agree that we need sexuality taught in schools but with clear guidelines. Government must also know that some schools don’t have scholastic materials and curriculum. How then will these teachers pass on information?”

Critical among the issues that dominated the engagement was the inadequate capacity of teachers to educate their students about a sensitive topic as sexuality. Some teachers criticized the programs that government keeps rolling out yet they haven’t worked practically.

“The media picked out an issue from a wide debate and made a fuss out of it. Part of our (MPs) reservations on teaching sexuality in schools was the issue of homosexuality which is cropping out,” Hon. Sylvia Akello the Otuke District Woman MP noted.

However students and NGOs that participated underscored the inevitability of availing sexual reproductive health information to a young generation that is vulnerable to teenage pregnancies, diseases from unprotected sex and school dropout among others.

Humphrey Nabimanya the Founder of Reach a Hand Uganda remarked that with the evolving trends, “Young people are making the wrong choices simply because they lack guidance from their elders during their development.”

Like majority of the discussants, Nabimanya blamed the media for often publishing information that misleads the youth and highlighted the need for teachers and parents to understand their role in correcting the narrative.

Recently, government confiscated a collection of books from Greenhill Academy, a reputable primary school in Kampala for containing ‘sexual content’ which they said was immoral.

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