Mom Jailed for Marrying Off Pupil Ahead of PLE

Police in Burora Sub-county Kibaale District are holding a parent for failing a registered UNEB pupil to sit for her Primary Leaving Examinations.

Christine Nyirabahinzi 52, this a resident of Hakayembe village in Burora sub-county Kibaale Distrcit is in detention at Burora police post after marrying off her daughter, approved weeks to the final primary school exams.

Michael Babwetera, dosage the head teacher Burora Primary School disclosed that in an operation conducted by school management to search for the missing pupils, 16 year old Evelyn Atugonza was found to have been married off by her parents and was already pregnant.

A recent continental study indicated that Uganda falls among the 15 worst African countries with high numbers of children forced into marriage.

At 46% of underage girls below 18 forced or lured in marriage, it is in the eleventh position while Niger tops the list at 75% followed by Chad with 72% of child marriages.


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