School dropout cases increase as lockdown continues

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The prolonged closure of schools will cause a great decline in literacy rates and exacerbate school dropout in the country, the 2020 state of population report has revealed.

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“The prolonged closure of schools is amplifying the vulnerabilities girls face by removing the school, a core support structure that has been providing relatively safer spaces for children in Uganda,” a government report stated.

The report, which was based on a national assessment by the National Population Council, focused on the impact of Covid-19 on population and development.

It states that between January and June, 6,888 cases of defilement were reported across the country with 70 per cent being girls in the age bracket of 15 to 17 years.

Kasese, Kitgum, Kyegegwa, Lyantonde and Ngora districts registered 2,372 teenage pregnancies during the period schools have remained closed.

Schools were closed in March to curb the spread of Covid-19 and reopened in October for candidates.

Source: Daily Monitor

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